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Ethnic Studies 112
Race, Gender and the Environment

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

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