Fall 2015

Environmental Justice

Listed in: Environmental Studies, as ENST-330


Michelle O. Stewart (Section 01)


Environmental despoliation and degradation are unequally distributed across the disparate geographies of global north and south; urban and rural; the wealthy and poor; and in terms of production and consumption. Why do pollution and environmental degradation unevenly burden particular people and places? How do race, class, gender, expertise, and representation factor into the linkages between environmental quality and social equity? Should everyone have equal access to the same environmental quality, and whose responsibility is it to ensure this in the United States and globally? This seminar will explore these and related questions by critically examining the theories and issues of environmental justice and political ecology. Beginning with a review of the history of the U.S. environmental justice movement, we will examine the social and environmental justice dimensions of U.S. and international case studies of industrial agriculture, product manufacturing, nature conservation, urbanization, and natural disasters. The course will require students to write position papers, facilitate discussions, and produce a final case study analysis of an environmental justice issue of choice.

Requisite: ENST 120. Limited to 18 students. Fall semester. Visiting Pick Professor Stewart.

If Overenrolled: priority given to ENST majors and then 4th, 3rd, and 2nd years


2021-22: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Fall 2020, Spring 2023