Back to Undergraduate

Areas of Study

Art & Technology
Art History
Art Studio
Asian Studies
Athletics, Physical Education, & Recreation
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Biology
Biopsychology
Book Art
Business Administration
Business Economics
Chemistry
Child Development
Chinese
Computer Science
Dance
Data Science
Economics
Education
English
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
» Ethnic Studies
French & Francophone Studies
Global Humanities & Critical Thought
Government
History
Individualized Major
International Relations
Journalism
Latin American Studies
Mathematics
Music
Philosophy
Politics, Economics, Policy & Law
Psychology
Public Health & Health Equity
Public Policy
Queer Studies
Religious Studies
Sociology
Spanish & Spanish American Studies
Theater Studies
Women, Leadership & Social Change
Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Accelerated Degree Programs

Bachelor's-to-Master's Degrees

Preprofessional Programs

Pre-Nursing Certificate
Medicine/Health Sciences

Summer Bridge Programs

Hellman Program
Summer Academic Workshop (SAW)

Home > Academics > Undergraduate > Ethnic Studies >
Ethnic Studies
Course Description

EXPANDED
Ethnic Studies 112
Race, Gender and the Environment

Description
What is environmentalism? How do such factors as race, class, gender, colonialism, and concepts of human-environment relations help shape the often-contradictory definitions of environmentalism? What ideas and assumptions underlie deep ecology, environmental justice, anti-toxics campaigns, biotechnology, and the population debate? Are there specifically male or female types of environmentalism? What constitutes environmental racism? Do these various environmentalist concerns complement or contradict one another? This seminar explores a broad spectrum of environmental thought and action through extensive and diverse readings. Special attention is devoted to their history, philosophy, issues and actors, and their political and social implications. We will also examine international issues and movements, so as to place the U.S. experience within a global perspective.
Note: This is a graduate-style seminar. There will be no exams.

Prerequisites: Upper Division Standing. Should have completed Introduction to Ethnic Studies, Introduction to Women’s Studies, or Introduction to Environmental Science, or consent of instructor. Open to All Majors. Meets Multicultural and Gender General Education requirements.

Required Texts
Bullard, Robert (ed), The Quest for Environmental Justice: Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution (2005).

Shiva, Vandana. Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development. (2010).

Merchant, Carolyn (ed). Ecology: Key Concepts in Critical Theory (2008).

Silliman, Jael, and Ynestra King (eds), Dangerous Intersections: Feminist Perspectives on Population, Environment, and Development. (1999)

Shiva, Vandana. Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis (2008).

Lewis, Martin. Green Delusions: An Environmentalist Critique of Radical Environmentalism (1994).

Plus: a Reader, available on the course Intranet site (Blackboard, or Library e-Reserves).

Course Requirements
1) Weekly reaction papers to readings, plus discussion questions (2-3 pp.)
2) Student teams lead weekly discussions about readings
3) Research paper (15-20 pp.)
4) Presentation of research paper
5) Class participation

Course offered Fall 2014

Program Information
Overview

Faculty and Staff

Requirements

Courses
Full Course List

Ethnic Studies Course List

Schedule of Courses for
the Current Semester



Activities & Resources


Research Justice at the Intersections

Meet Ethnic Studies Alumnae

Latina Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month

Black History Month

Pow Wow

SAMEAPI Awareness Now!

Ethnic Studies Events

Ethnic Studies Fund

Women of Color Resource Center

Diversity at Mills

Contact Information

P: 510.430.2080
F: 510.430.2067
E: ethnic_study@mills.edu

Last Updated: 6/22/17