CAAS 458 - Issues in Black World Studies
Section: 102 Environmental Justice in Contemporary Africa
Term: SP 2008
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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This course uses an environmental justice framework to examine different institutional practices that have negative impacts on health and the environment in contemporary Africa. The course is designed to convey an in-depth understanding of the disproportionate burdening experienced by people in Africa due to the colonization, globalization, and extractive industries. The course is an exploration of how the institutional structures in the region – and the “structural violence” that results – contribute to the problems of HIV/AIDS, poverty, and diminished economic opportunities. Several themes run through the course: cultural transformation, migrations, resources conflicts, human health, environmental conditions, and grassroots movement. We will be studying these themes using the common frameworks of environmental justice – distributive justice, procedural justice, corrective justice, and social justice. Case studies on extractive industries (mining in South Africa and fisheries in Lake Victoria); trans-boundary movement of hazardous waste; resources scarcity and conflicts in Nigeria and Congo; appropriation of indigenous knowledge and traditional medicines (bioprospecting and biopiracy) will be used.

CAAS 458 - Issues in Black World Studies
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101 (SEM)
MTuWTh 9:00AM - 10:30AM
Note: Section 001: Meets with Eng 407.102.
102 (SEM)
MW 10:00AM - 1:00PM
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