AMST 4262

AMST 4262

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

"Environmental Justice" is a relatively recent term, coined in the United States in the 1980s.  It usually refers to a social movement fighting against the unfair concentration of toxic sites within impoverished communities of color.  As a broader set of ideas, though, "environmental justice" has a much longer history, going back at least to the 17th century in England, when poor farmers banded together to prevent common land from being enclosed for the exclusive use of the aristocracy.  This course explores that deep history, examining various overlaps between environmental thought and theories of social justice over the past 400 years in the western world.  It concludes with an examination of the current climate justice movement and a consideration of how environmental justice concerns are being played out in recent works of speculative fiction.  What do we owe to the climate refugees of our present day?  What do we owe to future generations?

When Offered Fall.

Distribution Category (ALC-AS, HA-AS, HST-AS)

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one seminar and one independent study. Combined with: HIST 4262

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 18252 AMST 4262   SEM 101

    • T Sibley Hall 211
    • Aug 21 - Dec 4, 2023
    • Sachs, A

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  • 18253 AMST 4262   IND 601

    • TBA
    • Aug 21 - Dec 4, 2023
    • Staff

  • Instruction Mode: Independent Studies