People, Equity, and the Environment Specialization

The purpose of this specialization is to give today's professional environmental managers a range of theoretical, conceptual, and methodological skills necessary for understanding how to critique, improve and implement models of environmental management that address historically engrained challenges.

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    For the reasons above, this specialization expands beyond ahistorical and technical training by focusing students on historical processes, power dynamics and changing societal values. We believe that any solution to global environmental problems must consider issues of social equity and human well-being, in addition to environmental sustainability.

    Note that a capstone course used to fulfill the MEM capstone requirement cannot also be used toward fulfilling an MEM Specialization requirement; a capstone course taken once cannot be used to fulfill multiple requirements. Learn more about YSE capstone courses by visiting the MEM Capstone page.

    Program Courses

    Core

    Two core courses required. Choose one course from Group A and one course from Group B.
    Those students who matriculated to the program prior to Fall 2021 may follow the requirement for their entering class of 2 required core courses: ENV 826 & ENV 759.

    Group A

    Course Fall 2022 Spring 2023 Fall 2023 Spring 2024
    ENV 759
    Power, Knowledge, and the Environment: Social Science
    Dove
    M 1:00-3:50
      Dove  
    ENV 839
    Power in Conservation
      Carpenter   Carpenter

    Group B

    Course Fall 2022 Spring 2023 Fall 2023 Spring 2024
    ENV 631
    Poverty, Environment and Inequality
              Taylor
    ENV 642
    Environmental Justice/Climate Justice
      Torres   Torres

    Elective

    Students must take 3 courses from the "Social Sciences and Humanities" and at least 1 course from the "Ecological Sciences"

    Social Science Perspectives

    Course Fall 2022 Spring 2023 Fall 2023 Spring 2024
    ENV 588
    Community Engagement & Coalition Building - A Practice-based Approach (Fall-1 Sept 12-Oct 17)
    Stein
    M 5:30-8:20pm
             
    ENV 618
    Anthropology of Smallholder Agriculture in Developing Countries
    Carpenter
    W 9:00-11:50
      Carpenter  
    ENV 633
    Critical Race Theory
            Torres  
    ENV 640
    Ethical Consumption: Promoting Workers’ Rights, Fair Prices, and Sustainability
              Robinson
    ENV 645
    Urbanization, Global Change and Sustainability
    Seto
    W 9:00-11:50
      Seto  
    ENV 647
    Climate Change, Economic Inequality, and Human Health
    Park
    Tu,Th 1:00-2:20
             
    ENV 648
    Organizing: People, Power, and Change
              Robinson
    ENV 727
    Global Food Challenges
      Wargo Wargo  
    ENV 742
    Fundamentals of Working with People
      Tentative   Tentative
    ENV 746
    Conservation Ethics
      Schmitz        
    ENV 764
    Sociology of Sacred Values: Modernity, Ecology, and Policy
    Farrell
    W 8:00-10:50
      Farrell  
    ENV 770
    Western Lands and Communities Field Clinic: Research to Practice
              Farrell
    ENV 821
    Environmental Policymaking: From Local to Global
    Sanford
    M,W 1:00-2:20
      Sanford
    Tentative
     
    ENV 836
    Agrarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development
    Faculty
    W 1:00-5:20
      Faculty
    Tentative
     
    ENV 839
    Power in Conservation
      Carpenter   Carpenter
    ENV 850
    International Organizations and Conferences
    Boyd
    Tu 4:30-6:50
             
    ENV 878
    Climate and Society: Past to Present
    Dove
    Th 1:00-3:50
      Dove  
    ENV 962
    Tribal Resources and Sovereignty-Clinic
    Gonzalez-Rogers
    W 9:00-11:50
    Gonzalez-Rogers        
    ENV 980
    Social Justice in the Global Food System Capstone
    Reynolds
    Th 2:30-5:20
      Reynolds  

    Humanities: History, Religion and Ethics

    Course Fall 2022 Spring 2023 Fall 2023 Spring 2024
    ENV 959
    Clinic in Climate Justice, Climate Policy, the Law, and Public Health
    Bozzi
    Th 1:00-2:50
    Bozzi Faculty
    Tentative
    Tentative
    ENV 970
    Environmental Protection Clinic Policy and Advocacy (Follows Law School Calendar)
    Kysar
    Tu 12:10-2:00
    Kysar Kysar Kysar

    Ecological and Conservation Science

    Course Fall 2022 Spring 2023 Fall 2023 Spring 2024
    ENV 563
    Yale Forest Forum Series: What Makes a High-Quality Forest Carbon Credit?
    Bradford
    Th 11:30-12:50
             
    ENV 602
    Ecosystems and Landscapes
    Bradford
    Tu,Th 1:00-2:20
      Bradford  
    ENV 630
    The Physical Science of Climate Change
      Raymond   Raymond
    ENV 659
    The Practice of Silviculture: Principles in Applied Forest Ecology (Friday field trips)
      Ashton   Tentative
    ENV 660
    Forest Ecology & Dynamics
    Duguid
    Tu,Th 9:00-10:15
      Duguid  
    ENV 677
    Ecological Restoration
              Duguid
    ENV 715
    Case Studies in Water Management: Rural-Urban Linkages
    Anisfeld
    W 1:00-3:50
        Anisfeld
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