CRS: Skills for Global Change - Environmental Justice and Resource Conflicts
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Division: University-wide Programs
Department: Global Studies
Course Number: UGLB 3710
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
In this class, we will examine a series of pivotal humanitarian conflicts that involve both human rights neglect and degradation and inequitable distribution of natural resources. The course material will draw upon certain case examples from human rights hotspots in the developing world and here in the U.S. In our class discussions, we will consider various multidisciplinary approaches and definitions of the “problem” and the “solution.” We will learn about the vantage point of different affected communities, as well as actors from the political, social, economic and environmental disciplines. Unlike the typical “environmental” discourse, our focus will be environmental justice, which encompasses: social equity and low income marginalized populations that are often left out of the western agenda of environmentalism. Unfortunately, the affected communities that pay the heaviest price of environmental pollution and degradation have also reaped the least benefits and rewards of modernization and development. As reflected by the name of this course, we will be looking at the skills for making a certain type of affected change or improvement for the betterment of human populations in cases where communities, NGOs and state actors have built international alliances to affect change or an intervention. All the cases we are examining in class can be characterized by ongoing violence or political/human rights conflicts. Cases to be studied include: (a) petroleum resource wars in Iran and Nigeria, (b) the right to water in South Africa and Bolivia, (c) environmental justice and urban pollution in the United States, and (d) food policy and farmworker safety in India and California. This collaborative research seminar is a requirement for Global Studies Majors, but is open to all Bachelor Level students after completing at least 30 credits.
Open to Undergraduate students.