Fall 2023

Climate Justice Now

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-272  |  Environmental Studies, as ENST-272


Hannah A. Holleman (Section 01)
Ashwin J. Ravikumar (Section 01)


(Offered as ENST-272and SOCI-272) Climate Justice Now is an innovative course that takes students off campus and into the community to actively engage with work that people and organizations are doing to advance climate justice in Massachusetts and beyond. The course combines study of the social science of climate change mitigation with real-world examples to facilitate a deeper understanding of the many ways people are, and each of us can, contribute to making the planet more livable for current and future generations. In this course you will: meet a range of organizers and advocates from different backgrounds working to advance climate justice in areas such as energy, housing, transportation, and food/agriculture in Massachusetts; meet local elected officials and discuss how to translate climate justice work into policy/legislation; take field trips to local farms, energy production sites, housing developments, and more to learn how communities meet the real needs of everyone in society for things like energy, shelter, and food, while addressing climate change and advancing equality and justice; gain knowledge of the social science of climate change mitigation and develop your research skills; and feel more empowered to plug into the work of climate justice in your own life as students and beyond graduation.

Limited to 22 students. Spring semester. Professor Holleman and Professor Ravikumar

How to handle overenrollment: Priority to ENST, SOCI, and ANTH majors, seniors and juniors.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on written work, reading, independent research, oral and visual presentations to broader publics on and off-campus, field trips (sometimes outside normal class meeting times). Students should expect to present their work to the public on and off-campus. We will speak with people engaged in research and collective action toward climate change mitigation and climate justice throughout the course.

ENST 272 - LEC

Section 01
Th 2:30 PM - 5:15 PM CONV 209


Other years: Offered in Spring 2023, Fall 2023