Rebeca F Rivera
A philosophical investigation of conceptual and normative issues associated with one of several broad domains of social and political thought: human rights, the varieties of human conflict, and war and peace. Examines both classical and recent texts. Brings theoretical perspectives to bear on contemporary issues.
Research demonstrates that people of color are disproportionately impacted by environmental problems. The concept of environmental justice grew out of struggles for independence from colonialism as well as the civil rights and environmental movements of the 20th century. The environmental justice movement is both an environmental and a social movement. This course will examine environmental justice from multiple perspectives—academic versus grassroots; theories of justice, care, liberation, democracy, and globalization; as well as environmental science and sustainability. This course will address questions such as: What are the causes of environmental injustice? How are environmental problems and injustice linked? Is it possible to achieve a sustainable society without addressing injustice? What kinds of ethics does an environmentally just society utilize? What are the factors that create successful grassroots projects? This course will rely heavily on readings, discussions, and field trips. There will be some Friday fieldtrips as well as some self-directed fieldtrips.
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General method of instruction
Lectures, discussion, reading assignments, one paper, take-home exams, field trips.
Class assignments and grading