Ethnic / Racial HeritageExploratoryScience, Technology, Engineering & SustainabilitySocial Impact, Education, Law & Government

ESS 383-G (CRN: 10404) / PH 370-G (CRN: 10238): Topics in Environmental Studies/Public Health – Environmental Justice

Professor: Lisa Jordan
Credits: 4

Environmental Justice explores the relationship between human identity and the environment.  Emerging from civil rights activism of the 1960s, environmental justice as a movement originally sought to bring to light the unequal burden of exposure to toxics in minority communities and among farm-workers.  Since that time, environmental justice has diversified into inter- and cross-disciplinary academic inquiry, legal and institutional protections, and an expanded international human rights agenda.  This course surveys the history of environmental justice, and investigates both academic and activist techniques aimed at eliminating persistent, structural inequalities in access to safe and healthy environments for all.  In order to link theory and practice, this course builds on both the Community Based Learning (CBL) and Freedom Schools curricula by connecting students to community partners that work locally, and whose missions are to protect and promote human health and well-being.  Student coursework in Environmental Justice over the semester includes a minimum 18-20 hours of work that directly supports our community partners, which also involves some participation in off-campus activities.

Attributes: CLA-Off Campus Experience, CLA-Community Based Learning, CLA-Breadth/Interdisciplinary, CLA-Breadth/Social Science

Mondays and Wednesdays 11:50 AM – 1:05 PM

About CBL Courses

CBL classes foster the ability to connect academic learning with action in the world by working with off-campus community organizations. They seek to benefit their partner organizations and our shared community by addressing a need or strengthening a capacity that serves the common good. In a CBL course, you apply what you learn to real-world problems, providing a “mini-internship” that gives you the opportunity for career exploration, experience working in diverse communities, and the chance to help build your professional network.