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2005 Summer Session—University of Wisconsin-Madison
Field Course on Environmental Justice for College Students and High
* This course is
also listed as
Environmental Studies 400 (ECC)
Monday-Thursday, June 20–July 7 (last class day),
2005, 9 am–noon
All-day field trips are scheduled tenatively for June
22 (Madison), 23 (Milwaukee), and July 5 (Green Bay).
An overnight trip is scheduled tentatively for June 28-29 (Chicago).
Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison University Communications
What is environmental justice?
is where we live, work and play; justice involves making environmental
decisions democratically and with community empowerment. In this
three-week, three-credit summer class we examine issues that lie at the
intersection of major societal concerns regarding social justice,
environmental protection, and health.
Towards whom is this course geared?
We hope to have a mix of both undergraduate students and continuing
students who are currently educators in Wisconsin and neighboring states.
Students need not have extensive knowledge of environmental issues or
environmental justice issues. It is just necessary to be interested
in the topic and be eager to learn.
What does this course entail?
runs from June 20–July 7, 2005, 9 am–noon. Several field trips may
require an earlier start or later ending time.
Approximately half of the class
days consist of field trips to communities in Wisconsin and Chicago that
are impacted by landfills, sewage treatment plants, and industrial
facilities; some of these are Superfund sites. Classroom days will be
devoted to readings, videos, and discussions, which will cover the history
of the environmental justice movement and its connections to the civil
rights and anti-toxics movements; case histories covering political,
legal, economic, scientific, and health aspects; critical evaluation of
demographic and socioeconomic evidence for inequitable location of
hazardous waste sites; global environmental justice; and the future of the
environmental justice movement.
All participants will keep a
journal. High school teachers and regular college students will team to develop a
curriculum unit in their area of expertise.
Course readings include Dumping
in Dixie: Race, Class, and Environmental Quality; From the Ground
Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice
Movement; Ecocide of Native America; Uneasy
Alchemy; and Garbage Wars.