Course code:



M - Intermediate

Class size limit:


Typically offered:

Upon occasion

In this seminar we will examine the history of environmental justice movements and will compare and contrast a series of past and current cases in both urban and rural settings, within and beyond the United States. In each, we will explore the patterns and processes giving rise to the uneven distribution of harm to human and non-human communities, and the remarkable strength and resilience of BIPOC communities in response to these harms. As women have often been the source of dissent and change, each case will interrogate the intersectionality of race, class, and gender. In the first half of the class, we will examine the concepts of race, environment, and justice through personal experiences and then reflect upon these within the context of readings, podcasts, and guest speakers. In the second half of the seminar, cases will be developed based on the students’ location and will map the political, social and economic processes that deny the right to a safe environment and what are five different approaches that might support the necessary social and political transformation for environmental justice.


2nd year and higher, permission of instructor. Students should be prepared to engage with a diverse array of texts. One of the following courses would be helpful: Indigenous America, Climate Justice, Contemporary Artist as Researcher and Activist.

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