ESP 5650 - Social Movements and Environmental Justice
Sociological examinations of social movements attempt to address one of the most important questions in sociology -- how does social and cultural change actually happen? Many of the characteristics of modern society that we take for granted, such as environmental awareness, voting rights, and organized labor, have their origins in the struggles of organized social movements. This course will examine the ways different social theorists and researchers analyze social movements through a focus on the environmental justice movement. The environmental justice movement asserts that throughout the world there are marked and increasing disparities between those who have access to clean and safe resources and those who do not. In this and other aspects, the environmental justice perspective differs from traditional environmental philosophies in that it seeks to combine a concern for the natural world with a consciousness of ethnic, class, and gender discrimination.
*All course information is from the 2015-2016 Catalog.