Education



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 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?