MEM
Specialization

People, Equity, and the Environment

Our Vision

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. For these reasons, this specialization expands beyond ahistorical and technical training by focusing students on historical processes, power dynamics and changing societal values.

Program / Courses

specializations SOCIETY

Purpose and Scope

For generations a range of social science and related humanities scholars have focused attention on understanding the historical processes and patterns through which humans interact with, and shape, the environment. A range of knowledge systems and methods have been applied that, taken together, have developed sophisticated understandings critical for managing, and ameliorating environmental problems. While diverse, this body of scholarship begins, and ends, with the recognition that all our present ecological challenges arise from deep-seated and historically derived, social structures.
 
Empirical attention in this specialization is interdisciplinary and wide ranging, from legal and institutional perspectives about how we govern society and the environment, to norms, ethics and cultural ideas that shape how we value, and interact with, the natural world. However, several common concerns run through the different disciplinary views on “People, Equity and the Environment.”  Particular focus is placed on systemic issues. We ask questions about knowledge and reality, recognizing that knowledge is socially constructed and partial.  Additionally, we acknowledge that, norms and values are not universally held, and therefore different stakeholder needs and perspectives should be navigated respectfully. We give specific attention to power imbalances that often fall along the lines of race, class, and gender creating overlapping and interdependent systems of disadvantage.
 
The study of environmental issues is ever-evolving, often reflecting larger concerns in society and the political economy.  21st century environmental managers, while passionate about protection of wildlands and biodiversity, are also concerned with questions of community engagement and the co-production of knowledge between scientists and community members; structural racism and the importance of foregrounding social equity and environmental justice;  the role of the history, art, ethics and religion in shaping our understanding of past and future environmental problems; and the challenges of global environmental governance in an increasingly divisive global economy. These varied concerns can be aligned along four pathways to guide your learning within this specialization: 1) power and environmental politics in community engagement, 2) social and environmental justice, 3) the role of environmental humanities, and 4) the role of the state, institutions, and governance. We offer these pathways as examples, but also welcome other, independent ways of organizing your educational journey through the specialization.

Specialization Coordinator: Amity Doolittle

Core

Two of the following three courses are required
Course Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
ENV 759
Power, Knowledge, and the Environment: Social Science
Dove
M 9:00-11:50
  Dove  
ENV 826
Foundations of Natural Resource Policy and Management
  Clark
Clark  
 

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 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
ENV 633
Critical Race Theory
Torres
W 5:00pm-7:50pm
         
ENV 693
Advanced Readings: Social Science of Development and Conservation
  Carpenter
  Carpenter
ENV 727
Global Food Challenges
          Wargo
ENV 742
Fundamentals of Working with People
  Gentry
  Tentative
ENV 764
Nature, Rationality, and Moral Politics
        Farrell  
ENV 839
Social Science of Conservation and Development
Carpenter
Th 10:00-12:50
  Carpenter  
ENV 846
Perspectives on Environmental Injustices
  Doolittle
  Doolittle
ENV 850
International Organizations and Conferences
Geballe
Tu 3:00-5:50
  Geballe
Tentative
 
ENV 877
Anthropology of the Global Economy for Conservation and Development
Carpenter
M 3:00-5:50
  Carpenter  
ENV 952
Political Ecology of Conservation and Restoration of Tropical Forest Landscapes
  Doolittle
  Doolittle
 

Humanities: History, Religion and Ethics

Course Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
ENV 642
Environmental Justice/Climate Justice
Torres
Tu,Th 1:00-2:20
  Torres  
ENV 774
Agriculture: Origins, Evolution, Crises
  Weiss
Weiss
Tentative
 
ENV 857
Environmental History and Values
  Grim
  Grim
 

Ecological and Conservation Science

Course Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
ENV 602
Ecosystems and Landscapes
Bradford
M,W 8:00-9:20
  Bradford  
ENV 629
North American Drylands: Ecology and Land Use
  Lauenroth
       
ENV 659
The Practice of Silviculture: Principles in Applied Forest Ecology (Friday field trips)
  Ashton
  Ashton
ENV 660
Forest Dynamics
Duguid
Tu,Th 10:00-11:20
  Duguid  
ENV 752
Ecology and Conservation of Tropical Forests
        Comita