Environmental Justice, Politics, and Humanities (JPH)

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Course Description: 

Course Summary:

Promoting a more sustainable world is interwoven within a power dynamic that is characterized by key questions regarding science and knowledge, nature and culture, environmental justice, and advocacy.  This course explores these dynamics, and investigates the political and cultural basis of environmentalism and its manifestations.  

The course introduces students to various theoretical perspectives for analyzing environmental and social issues, and explores how they are applied to various case studies.  Each of the case studies will examine how the environment and environmental and social justice are defined from a scientific standpoint as well as in culturally specific ways by communities, activists, social movements, governments, and private sector actors enmeshed in dynamic power relationships.

The final project will involve  a group project to design an interactive activity that communicates the specificity and complexity of a chosen case study to others in a creative manner. 

Learning Outcomes: 

Learning Outcomes: 

Though interactive lectures, in-class exercises, and teamwork, students taking this course will: 

  1. acquire theoretical and conceptual tools for thinking critically about and navigating the complexity of environmental issues through the notions of power and discourse, science and knowledge, the relationship between nature and culture, and social and environmental justice;
  2. learn to critically analyze environmental conflicts and decision-making and social movement strategies through a broader cultural and political lens; and
  3. engage the complexity of perspectives, politics, and power dynamics that influence outcomes, and have implications for promoting a world that is more sustainable and socially just.

Participation in class discussion and activities (15%)

Individual theory paper (35%)

Case mind map and outline (15%)

Final project (35%)