ENVIRON 222 - Introduction to Environmental Justice
Section: 001 Issues in Race & Ethnicity
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: LSA Environment
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will explore the environmental concerns of people of color and will specifically focus on the connections between environmental insults and communities of color and communities of low-income. We will grapple with questions such as:

  • To what extent do people of color and low-income communities bear a disproportionate share of environmental pollutants?
  • To what extent are they exposed to environmental conditions that threaten their health?

We will discuss and define environmental racism and environmental justice in this course as well as discuss and define race, white privilege, internalized oppression, and non-violence. To understand the above concepts more fully we will review the current research literature in the field as well as place the concepts into the analytical frameworks of culture and the social structure of accumulation. We will also apply the analytical construct of resource mobilization and social movement theory to help us understand people and their struggle to protect themselves and their communities against environmental harm. Although the course focuses on domestic issues, some attention is given to the international perspective.

To maximize our understanding as we explore the above questions and topics, several pedagogical techniques will be used such as lectures, videotapes, case studies, guided interactive group discussion, outside speakers, and UM Lessons, which is a computer designed (guided) interactive study program. Two examinations will be required — a midterm and a final as well as one paper.

If you cannot attend a class or a discussion group, please let the Graduate Student Instructor know in advance.

For more information regarding the course contact me by e-mail at: bbryant@umich.edu or slashley@umich.edu. For more information on past work of students consult the web page address below. http://www.umich.edu/~snre492/cases.html

ENVIRON 222 - Introduction to Environmental Justice
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001 (LEC)
MW 11:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (DIS)
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
Th 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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