Community Resilience: Social Equity and Environmental Issues

Spring 2017 quarter

Taught by

Jolie Sandoz
community studies, writing, analog game design, women's studies
sociology and social statistics
  • UG

Community Resilience: Social Equity and Environmental Issues is a program about thriving in the midst of potentially catastrophic shifts. We will be thinking and talking from the perspectives of sociology and community studies along several lines of inquiry:

  • the ways in which environment and nature are socially constructed in history, and how various social forces contribute to the identification, emergence, and community responses to environmental issues.
  • the effects of inequality – how social aspects of environmental realities in the U.S. are manifested along the lines of race, income and wealth.
  • the promise of equity, especially transformative community responses to climate crisis. Here we will focus on innovative ways of reorganizing communal life, already underway around the world.

Several of our program “texts” will be serious games, learning activities through which we can explore issues and develop abilities necessary to effectively engage “wicked” problems (complex problems without an endpoint, which evolve and take new directions over time). Game-based learning fosters skills in collaboration, analytical thinking, decision making, and strategic innovation – capacities vital to community resilience. 


Please note that our work will address equity aspects of community organization, environmental issues, and social transformation. This program is not a science-based investigation into global warming, or an investigation of environmental science.


Community Resilience: Social Equity and Environmental Issues is the third of three programs in the Community Resilience series. Junior and senior students new to the series are welcome. (First- and second-year students who began the series in Fall or Winter are welcome to continue through Spring quarter.)

Program Details

Fields of Study

community studies political economy sociology writing

Preparatory For

government and public service, education, social work, non-profit management, community development and organizing


Spring Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered

Evening and Weekend

Advertised Schedule

Wednesdays, 6-9:45 pm and Saturdays 9:30 am - 4:45 pm Apr 8, 22, May 6, 20, June 3

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning


2017-03-15This program is now all-level
2017-02-05Saturday meetings now begin at 9:30 am