Environmental Justice: Theory and Practice

This course will cover the history and evolution of the environmental justice movement specifically analyzing the legal and policy tools used by advocates to advance environmental justice.  The course will also look to international environmental justice movements to compare and contrast the types of tools advocates use and to see what lessons can be learned.  Finally, the course will turn to the next challenge facing the environmental justice community by looking at climate justice issues through an environmental justice framework.

Key topics to be covered are: the intersection between race and the environment, the use of civil rights law for environmental justice concerns, the relationship between traditional environmental movements and the environmental justice movements, the challenges facing international environmental justice movements and how they differ from domestic movements, the role of international law in environmental justice movement, and the role of environmental justice in the development of the new “green economy.”

Credits: 2

Type: SEM