F&ES 614b / 2018-2019

Environmental Justice, Nature, and Reflective Practice Seminar

Credits: 3

Spring 2019: W, 1:00-3:50, Kroon 321

Through an interdisciplinary approach to public health, and urban and environmental studies, we will examine the changing relationship between social systems, urbanization, biodiversity conservation, and environmental justice. Particular attention will be focused on how race, class, gender, immigration status, indigeneity, and sexuality intersects with the distribution of natural resources and the equitable development of cities. 
In the social sciences, the concept of intersectionality has been used to highlight how these social categories of culture and identity overlap, heightening the effects of discrimination, exclusion, social inequality, and systemic injustice in the lives of specific individuals. An intersectional approach to environmentalism emphasizes how certain people and groups suffer worse effects because of overlapping factors that are often measured separately.
In the seminar, we define reflective practice as the ability to reflect on one's professional experiences, actions, and positionality, so as to engage in a process of continuous learning. Students will focus on reflective practice exercises to engage in the practical and theoretical methods used in the field of environmental policy and planning to address the immediate and long-term sustainability challenges posed by global and local environmental change. Urban and sociological theories will be complemented by real-world environmental controversies that require group collaboration to produce in-class presentations, role-playing negotiation case simulations, and the completion of a final research paper. 
Enrollment limited to 15