Learning Pathways - Environmental Justice


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.


Paul Stock, Sociology - Co-Lead Faculty Member, Environmental Justice
Sara Gregg - 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


Suggested Courses


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

Environmental Studies
EVRN/HIST 336: Ethics, Ideas, and Nature

This course will examine 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.

This course is designed to fulfill KU Core Goal 5, Outcome 1: Social Responsibility and Ethics.

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 #
MW 11:00-12:15 PM BL 111 - LAWRENCE
3 29463
LEC Stock, Paul
TR 11:00-12:15 PM BL 212 - LAWRENCE
3 25090
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
T 02:20-05:00 PM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
3 16693
EVRN 425 Global Water Scarcity
Though natural factors are introduced, this course focuses primarily on the human factors that contribute to global water scarcity. This course also discusses the consequences of water scarcity and its effects on society. Prerequisite: EVRN 148 or permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

EVRN 526 Remote Sensing of the Environment I
Introduction to study of the environment through air photos and satellite imagery, including principles of remote sensing, interactions of electromagnetic energy with the atmosphere and earth's surface, aerial photography, satellite systems, and sensors (electro-optical, thermal, and radar). Emphasis in the latter part of the course is on such applications as global monitoring, land cover mapping, forestry, agriculture, and oceanography. Laboratory emphasizes visual interpretation of aerial photography and satellite imagery and an introduction to digital image processing in the department's NASA Earth Science Remote Sensing Laboratory. (Same as GEOG 526.) Prerequisite: MATH 101 or equivalent. GEOG 358 recommended. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

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.

EVRN 562 United States Environmental History in the 20th Century
Americans dramatically changed the natural world between 1900 and 2000. This course asks how transformed environments shaped the American experience during a century of technological innovation, democratic renewal, economic expansion, global conflict, and cultural pluralism. Topics include food and markets, energy and transportation, law and politics, protest and resistance, suburbanization, and environmentalism's fate in a global information era. (Same as HIST 562.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

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.


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
MW 02:00-02:50 PM LIN 317 - LAWRENCE
3 11672
F 09:00-09:50 AM LIN 226 - LAWRENCE
3 21111
F 09:00-09:50 AM LIN 228 - LAWRENCE
3 21112
F 11:00-11:50 AM LIN 226 - LAWRENCE
3 21113
F 11:00-11:50 AM LIN 228 - LAWRENCE
3 21114
F 02:00-02:50 PM LIN 228 - LAWRENCE
3 21115
F 02:00-02:50 PM LIN 317 - LAWRENCE
3 21116
3 18808
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 Brown, John
3 25848
GEOG 557 Cities and Development
An intermediate level course in urban geography, with an emphasis on cities in the developing world. Example cities in Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and/or Southeast Asia may be examined. The main focus is on the intersection between urbanization and economic development, but social, political, and cultural aspects of development in cities are considered. Other topics include the geographic impacts of European colonialism, urbanization and industrialization, rural-to-urban migration, urban structure and spatial dynamics, urban planning, and environmental sustainability. (Same as AAAS 557.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.


SOC 110 American Identities
An interdisciplinary introduction to individual and group identities over time. Students explore theories and methods relating to identity from various perspectives, such as race, class, gender, sexuality, age, religion, and region. Not open to students who have taken AMS 112 or SOC 112. (Same as AMS 110.) LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Roediger, David
MW 11:00-11:50 AM WES 3139 - LAWRENCE
3 13673
F 09:00-09:50 AM SUM 424 - LAWRENCE
3 26970
F 09:00-09:50 AM WES 4040 - LAWRENCE
3 13675
F 10:00-10:50 AM SUM 424 - LAWRENCE
3 26971
F 10:00-10:50 AM WES 4040 - LAWRENCE
3 13676
F 11:00-11:50 AM SNOW 321 - LAWRENCE
3 13674
F 11:00-11:50 AM WES 4040 - LAWRENCE
3 13677
F 12:00-12:50 PM WES 4034 - LAWRENCE
3 13678
F 12:00-12:50 PM SNOW 321 - LAWRENCE
3 13679
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
MW 11:00-12:15 PM FR 107 - LAWRENCE
3 25634

Political Science

POLS 110 Introduction to U.S
An introduction to basic American governmental institutions, political processes, and policy. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Joslyn, Mark
MW 10:00-10:50 AM WES 3139 - LAWRENCE
3 13300
R 09:00-09:50 AM BL 111 - LAWRENCE
3 13307
F 09:00-09:50 AM BL 109 - LAWRENCE
3 13304
R 10:00-10:50 AM BL 111 - LAWRENCE
3 13301
R 10:00-10:50 AM WES 4037 - LAWRENCE
3 20624
F 10:00-10:50 AM BL 109 - LAWRENCE
3 13306
F 10:00-10:50 AM BL 114 - LAWRENCE
3 13310
W 11:00-11:50 AM FR 108 - LAWRENCE
3 20594
R 12:00-12:50 PM BL 207 - LAWRENCE
3 13302
F 09:00-09:50 AM BL 114 - LAWRENCE
3 13305
W 12:00-12:50 PM BL 204 - LAWRENCE
3 13309
W 12:00-12:50 PM FR 124 - LAWRENCE
3 13308
R 12:00-12:50 PM FR 119 - LAWRENCE
3 13303
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

Urban Planning

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


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