Learning Pathways - Environmental Justice

Description

The Environmental Justice pathway emphasizes the causes and consequences of the distribution of environmental problems. In other words, this pathway allows students to focus on why some poor and minority communities are more likely to experience a host of environmental burdens, as well as exploring the impact of that disproportionate environmental exposure. Understanding why some neighborhoods, communities, regions and countries benefit from environmental protection, while others do not, provides students with a concrete skill set and a critical perspective on environmental problems, community organizing and public participation, good governance, and research methods. Students who pursue this pathway will be well situated for careers in public policy, international relations, environmental advocacy, and environmental research.

Faculty

Byron Santangelo, English - Co-Lead Faculty Member, Environmental Justice
Dorothy Daley, Public Affairs & Administration - Co-Lead Faculty Member, Environmental Justice
Byron Caminero-Santangelo, English
Dorothy Daley, Political Science
Dietrich Earnhart, Economics
Joane Nagel, Sociology
Jay T Johnson, Geography
Ray Pierotti, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Stacey White, Urban Planning

Resources

Suggested Courses

Typically Offered Every Year

ECON 550 Environmental Economics
This course provides an overview of the theory and empirical practice of economic analysis as it applies to environmental issues. Topics include externalities (a type of market failure), the valuation of nonmarket goods, the practice of benefit-cost analysis, and the efficiency and cost effectiveness of pollution control policies. Most importantly, the course permits students to perform economic field research, using state-of-the-art techniques in a manner accessible to undergraduate students. (Same as EVRN 550.) Prerequisite: ECON 104 or ECON 142. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Okao, Alfred
W 04:10-06:40 PM REGN 151 - EDWARDS
3 25900
EVRN 336 Ethics, Ideas and Nature
This course examines the ethical frameworks developed for thinking about, using, and protecting the natural world. Examples of topics include indigenous approaches to nature, the history of ecological ideas, environmental movements, the role of the state in managing resources, utilitarianism and progressivism, environmental lawmaking, wilderness advocacy, nature and theology, the rights of nature, and environmental justice. Students are introduced to the theories of duty ethics, justice ethics, utilitarianism, and rights ethics, and required to apply ethical decision making to contemporary and historical environmental issues. Multiple perspectives on the history of human interactions with nature demonstrate the importance of reflecting upon the value systems inherent in human-centered environmental ethics and nature-centered environmental ethics. (Same as HIST 336.) LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Caminero-Santangelo, Byron
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM LEA 2112 - LAWRENCE
3 22356
LEC
MW 11:00-12:15 PM WES 4008 - LAWRENCE
3 24789
LEC Boynton, Alex
MW 01:00-02:15 PM ROB 252 - LAWRENCE
3 26598
EVRN 385 Environmental Sociology
This course invites students to study society and its impact on the environment. Environmental problems are social problems. This course will address such items as social paradigms, theories, inequalities, movements, and research. (Same as SOC 385.) LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Lipsman, Jake
MW 11:00-12:15 PM BL 111 - LAWRENCE
3 29463
LEC Stock, Paul
TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM BL 212 - LAWRENCE
3 25090
LEC Lipsman, Jake
MW 03:00-04:15 PM FR 106 - LAWRENCE
3 29465
EVRN 410 Environmental Applications of Geographic Information Systems
An introduction to the use, display, and analysis of spatial data. Students will acquire a foundational skill-set in geographic information systems and remote sensing using industry-standard GIS software and will apply these skills using environmental data and case studies. Prerequisite: EVRN 148 or EVRN 149 or GEOG 148 or GEOG 149; EVRN 103 or HIST 103, EVRN 150 or GEOG 150 or EVRN 347 or HIST 347. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Nuckolls, Kathleen
Tu 02:20-05:00 PM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
3 16693
LEC Nuckolls, Kathleen
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 29632
GEOG 102 People, Place, and Society
An examination of the relationships between humans and their environments. The course introduces students to basic concepts in human geography relating to economic activities, landscapes, languages, migrations, nations, regions, and religions. Serves as the basis for further course work in cultural, economic, political, population, and urban geography. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Warf, Barney
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM LIN 317 - LAWRENCE
3 15333
LEC Pickett, Nathaniel
MW 02:00-02:50 PM LIN 317 - LAWRENCE
3 11672
DIS
F 09:00-09:50 AM LIN 226 - LAWRENCE
3 21111
DIS
F 09:00-09:50 AM LIN 228 - LAWRENCE
3 21112
DIS
F 11:00-11:50 AM LIN 226 - LAWRENCE
3 21113
DIS
F 11:00-11:50 AM LIN 228 - LAWRENCE
3 21114
DIS
F 02:00-02:50 PM LIN 228 - LAWRENCE
3 21115
DIS
F 02:00-02:50 PM LIN 317 - LAWRENCE
3 21116
LEC Charron, Austin
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 18808
SOC 521 Wealth, Power, and Inequality
This class focuses on economic inequality and the political and social forces that create and sustain it in the United States and internationally. The variables of race, ethnicity, status, and gender are analyzed as they relate to the differences in the distribution of wealth and power, and attention is paid to how these multiple variables shape opportunities. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Kim, Changhwan
TuTh 09:30-10:45 AM FR 117 - LAWRENCE
3 25634
POLS 320 Introduction to Public Policy
Offers an introduction to the policy-making process covering policy formulation, adoption, and implementation. Overview of major theories of the policy-making process, the actors involved in the process, and the constraints and enhancements offered by the broader political environment. The theoretical frameworks are applied to several substantive policy areas. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Watt, Sierra
W 07:10-09:50 PM BL 209 - LAWRENCE
3 17967
UBPL 522 History of the American City I
This course examines the evolution of American cities from their European antecedents through the late 20th Century, from the urban planning perspective. It focuses on the changing spatial forms and functions of American cities and how these changes relate to socioeconomic and political aspects of urbanization as well as changes in technology. Emphasis is placed on analyzing the relationships between historical development patterns and the current range of problems facing most U. S. cities. (Same as UBPL 722 but gives undergraduate credit.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

UBPL 565 Introduction to Sustainable Land Use Planning
This course introduces students to the issues that planners and decision makers face as they strive to protect environmental resources, especially within the context of land use planning. Emphasis will be placed on the theoretical and policy considerations that guide the work of environmental planners. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Lyles, Ward
MW 01:00-02:15 PM SNOW 201 - LAWRENCE
3 14202


Typically Offered Every Two Years

EVRN 528 Environmental Justice and Public Policy
This course provides an overview of environmental justice, both as a social movement and as a public policy initiative. Environmental justice examines the distribution of environmental externalities across different socio-economic and racial groups. We will discuss several different public policy areas that have been impacted by the environmental justice movement: hazardous waste facility siting, urban redevelopment and Brownfields, transportation policy, and Native American sovereignty. We will also touch upon international environmental policy in an environmental justice context. Throughout the course we will evaluate empirical issues in studying environmental justice. (Same as POLS 528.) Prerequisite: POLS 306, or a statistics class, or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.


Typically Offered Less Than Every Two Years

EVRN 620 Environmental Politics and Policy
Analysis of environmental politics and the formulation and implementation of environmental policy. Examines the history and development of environmental politics as well as current trends. Themes include interest groups, business interests, political institutions, and specific environmental policy issues. (Same as POLS 624.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 628 The Politics of Public Health
This course examines the social, institutional and political context of public health policy in the United States. We will examine factors that shape the nation's public health, explore the role of government in reducing risk and promoting well being, and analyze the major institutions responsible for monitoring, protecting and promoting general public health. Themes include the social determinants of health, health disparities, emerging infectious diseases, food safety, transportation, and environmental health. (Same as POLS 628.) Prerequisite: POLS 110 and POLS 306 are recommended. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.


Typically Offered in the Summer

EVRN 150 Environment, Culture and Society
An introduction to geographic approaches to the study of the environment, emphasizing societal and cultural factors that influence human interaction with the biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and atmosphere. The course involves analysis of a broad range of contemporary environmental issues from the local to global scales. (Same as GEOG 150.) LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 25849
GEOG 150 Environment, Culture and Society
An introduction to geographic approaches to the study of the environment, emphasizing societal and cultural factors that influence human interaction with the biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and atmosphere. The course involves analysis of a broad range of contemporary environmental issues from the local to global scales. (Same as EVRN 150.) LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 25848
 


PLEASE NOTE: If you are interested in enrolling in one of the courses listed above, remember to check the Schedule of Classes or contact the offering department (e.g., Geography & Atmospheric Science) to verify that the course will be offered during the semester in which you plan to enroll in the course.


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