Toxic Justice
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Department: Milano General Curriculum
Course Number: NEPS 5009
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Environmental Studies
This course focuses on the growth of chemical environmentalism. It begins with Rachel Carson and her celebrated book Silent Spring on the dangers of pesticides, explores the community toxics movements and environmental justice activism in the 1980s, and continues through the 1990s until 2010 examining environmental hormone disruptors and the work of Theo Colborn. We will investigate different aspects of the environmental endocrine hypothesis including the scientific evidence for health and environmental effects; policy responses to the claims that chemicals are interfering with the reproductive health of wildlife and humans; sustainability and toxic chemicals; the precautionary principle; international perspectives and responses; social and environmental movements involved in toxic chemical reduction; the treaty on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and its relation to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs); and new testing/screening programs for pesticides and plastics. Topics include: Risk benefit analysis in regulation of chemicals; laws and regulations for managing chemical risks; chemicals and cancer; sperm count decline; sexual and behavioral abnormalities, cognitive abnormalities; hermaphroditic wildlife; risk communication in the media.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions


Not open to Freshman students.

Not open to Junior students.

Not open to Sophomore students.