ENVIRON 462 - Topics in Environmental Social Science
Fall 2021, Section 002 - Environmental Rights, Justice, and Law
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: SNE Program in the Environment
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Details

Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
At least one environmentally related course prior to this class.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s).
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
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Description

This course explores how nature and human life is treated and valued in our current legal system and looks to environmental rights as a legal tool to advance justice. The course first looks at how nature – from animals and rivers to forests and the atmosphere – has been treated as commons and property in our legal system. The resulting legal doctrines have repeatedly caused environmental destruction and injustice. Similarly, we will explore how human lives and communities are subjected to and protected from pollution. We will use a detailed case study of the failure of law and government in Flint, Michigan , and the resulting drinking water crisis and poisoning of the city. We will conclude by looking at the hope of Constitutional human and environmental rights to advance justice, along with alternative legal approaches for nature, including public trust and legal personhood.

While the course does not provide a detailed survey of U.S. environmental law, it presents the fundamental concepts to examine the status quo and need for change. Students will gain a deep and conceptual understanding of modern environmental law — the values and assumptions it is based upon, how it works (or doesn’t work) in various settings, and what must be changed for the law to play its needed role in making a more just and sustainable society.

Class Format:

Learning Mode: All class meetings will be taught synchronously and In-Person for the Fall 2021 term.

Instruction Mode: The class meets synchronously, once a week in person.

Schedule

ENVIRON 462 - Topics in Environmental Social Science
Schedule Listing
002 (LEC)
 In Person
27547
Closed
0
 
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M 11:30AM - 2:00PM
003 (LEC)
 In Person
32754
Open
3
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
004 (LEC)
 In Person
32855
Open
8
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
005 (LEC)
 In Person
35243
Open
0
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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