JPH: Environmental Justice, Politics, and Humanities

Course Description: 

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 in a globalized world.   This course explores that dynamic, and investigates the political and cultural basis of environmentalism and its manifestations.  Students taking this course will build a critical foundation from which to question and navigate the complexity of environmental issues from the perspectives of justice, politics, and the humanities.  Students in this course will learn how to conceptualize environmental issues across several important themes that have implications for promoting a world that is more sustainable and socially just.  

Learning Outcomes: 

With the successful completion of this course, students will:

1) have a conceptual basis for thinking critically about the field of environmental studies through the notions of power and discourse (and framing), science and knowledge, the relationship between nature and culture, environmental justice and globalization from the perspective of development;

2) be able to apply theoretical constructs to analyze empirically based case studies on environmental conflicts; and

3) assert a basis from which to think critically about environmental issues in the context of their own development as environmental leaders and/or advocates.

Assessment: 

- Two short papers (20% each)

  1. Short paper (5 pages) that identifies and analyzes the theoretical assumptions asserted in a particular environmental case based on a mainstream news article addressing a particular environmental issue or conflict.

  2. Short paper (5 pages) that applies a particular theoretical framework to analyze an environmental issue.  

-Student conference paper & abstract  (25%)

-Attendance, preparation for and participation in weekly class discusisons of assigned materials (35%- detailed requirements to be outlined in full syllabus and discussed in class)