Class 19388 AAS 2559 - 001 (SEM)
New Course in African and African American Studies
Topic Intro to Race, Class, Politics & the Environment
Instructor Kimberly Fields
Kimberly FieldsWe 3:30pm - 6:00pmWeb-Based Course
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Enrollment: (Show Graph) 15 students (capacity 20)
Status: Open, Waitlist Available When Full
Units: 3
Meeting Dates: 02/01/2021 - 05/06/2021
Class Components: Seminar Required
Enrollment Requirements: None
Requirement Designation: None
Class Attributes: ASUD-SS
Grading: COVID Student Option
SIS Description: New course in the subject of African and African American Studies
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Description This course introduces students to the adoption and implementation of environmental policy in the United States and examines issues of environmental quality and social justice. We will concentrate on federal, state and local governance and relations across these levels. In turn, we will compare the abilities of state and federal governments to develop and implement environmental efforts and policy, as well as their consequences. The course takes as axiomatic the premise that all people have a right to live in a clean environment free from hazardous pollution or contamination, and to the natural resources necessary to sustain health and livelihood. With this as our starting point, we will question why, and through what social, political and economic processes, some people are denied this basic right. How is it that certain populations of people do not have access to basic resources, or are systematically burdened with pollution or environmental hazards to a greater extent than other populations? What are the social relations of production and power that contribute to these outcomes? What can be done? We begin by examining the philosophical foundations and history of the environmental justice movement and foundational concepts such as justice, race and class. We then explore these concepts through a series of case studies of urban environmental (in)justice in the U.S. Through these case studies we will examine environmental justice issues in urban and rural settings; the strategies and politics of poor peoples’ environmental justice movements; and climate justice.
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