Environmental justice is an interdisciplinary area of study that examines the ways in which communities of color and other historically marginalized groups are disproportionately burdened with environmental hazards. Further, environmental justice is part of a social movement that treats access to safe and healthy living environments as a vital civil right. In this four-credit spring course, students will have the opportunity to apply the histories, theories, and concepts studied in the fall and winter quarters, especially in the area of environmental sociology, to local environmental justice projects. Students will gain skills in quantitative analysis and mapping, learning how to use tools like the EPA’s EJScreen in analyzing local environmental justice issues. Additional applied learning opportunities are available through collaborating with state agencies complying with the Healthy Environments for All act. This course will be taught fully online, with synchronous meetings on Zoom and asynchronous modules on Canvas.
Students should have completed Environmental Justice: History and Sociology (fall) and Environmental Justice: Social Movements (winter) before enrolling in this course.
This offering is connected to the Environmental Justice Certificate offered at Evergreen. For more information visit: https://www.evergreen.edu/certificates/environmental-justice