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3 Credits, 2005 Summer Session—University of Wisconsin-Madison

Three-Week Field Course on Environmental Justice for College Students and High School Teachers

* 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).

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What is environmental justice?

The environment 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?

The course 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.

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Questions?  Email Professor Herb Wang