Education

 

CIVE 544 Water Resource Planning and Management

Management and planning of natural and constructed water systems. Integrated management and case studies of water use and environmental resources.

CIVE 578 Infrastructure and Utility Management

Infrastructure and utility planning, management, and security. Systems approach to life cycle management. Problems, analysis, decision support systems.

NR 544D Environmental Justice Workshop through Conservation Leadership Through Learning Program

POLS 462 Globalization, Sustainability and Justice

SOC 322 Introduction to Environmental Justice

This introductory course explores and analyzes vital topics related to environmental degradation, human health, and social activism. More specifically, how are environmental problems experienced by different racial/ethnic groups, social classes, and genders? How do access to financial resources or geographic location impact people’s exposure to environmental toxins? What roles do corporations, governments, communities, and social movements play in these outcomes?

SOC 323 Environmental Governance

SOC 324 Food Justice

Food justice includes all ideas and practices that strive to eliminate exploitation and oppression and challenge the structural drivers of all forms of inequality within and beyond the food system. As a practice, food justice advocates for the right to healthy food that is produced justly, recognizes diverse cultural foodways and histories, and promotes equitable distribution of resources, democratic participation, and control over food systems. This focus on social justice broadens the predominant emphasis on environmental sustainability within most alternative food politics in the United States. Food justice, therefore, prioritizes addressing the root causes of problems, like capitalism, institutional racism, and patriarchy, while also recognizing the potential of creating just alternatives. Not only does this course delve into some of the ways in which food related inequities are produced and maintained, it focuses on how the food justice movement is working toward solutions. Because of the movement’s broad commitments, you will also learn about how food justice draws on movements for economic, gender, racial, and environmental justice, and explore the possibilities for building innovative cross-movement ties that engage in both confrontational and prefigurative food politics.

SOC 460 Society and Environment

SOC 461 Water, Society, and Environment

SOC 463 Sociology of Disaster

SOC 562 Food Systems and Agriculture

“Food is necessary for human survival.” We hear this hackneyed axiom regularly. But what does this mean? In and of itself, it masks the social with an appeal to the biological and overlooks the ecological as an invisible prerequisite. In the spirit, therefore, of unmasking the complexities of the food system, this course will delve into why food matters to society beyond the obvious need for sustenance. We will investigate the economic, political, and social underpinnings and outcomes of food and agricultural systems. We will also consider ecological entanglements, one of the many dialectics driving our collective inquiry this semester. These socioecological intersections and assemblages are significant in a context of widespread food system problems. Turn on the television or dive down some web portal and you are inundated with a barrage of information and lurking ideologies meant to sway your perspective on such matters. Debates rage over how to amply remunerate food chain workers, stave off the environmental degradation associated with industrial capitalist agriculture, use mechanical- and bio-technologies, solve global hunger and obesity, respect cultural foodways and culinary traditions, reimagine gendered divisions of food labor, re-center the production of food within cities, and on and on. At the same time, food-based social movements are drawing connections between food systems and class, race, and gender inequities in order to confront, reform, and transform capitalism, neoliberalism, institutionalized racism, and patriarchy. In brief, we will study the matrices of power that weave their way through and into food. Engaging in this learning process will foster a deeper sociological imagination into social change as it pertains to food and agricultural systems. Topically, food is noteworthy. Sociologically, food systems become an analytical framework for understanding the uneven relationship people have with this vital life source.

SOC 564 Environmental Justice

This graduate level course examines the unequal distributions of environmental risks, benefits, policies and regulatory practices across different populations. The course explores the meaning of social justice, environmental justice, environmental quality and environmental equity and examines the history of the environmental justice movement and evidence of environmental injustices. Processes of social control in response to environmental harms and policies that address environmental inequities are considered as well as political economic explanations of injustices.

SOC 668 Environmental Sociology