Race, Gender, Class, and the Environment
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ENVS 043. Race, Gender, Class, and the Environment


(Cross-listed as ENGL 089 SOAN 020M 
This course explores how ideologies and structures of race, gender, sexuality, and class are embedded in and help shape our perceptions of and actions in the “environment.” Drawing on key social and cultural theories of environmental studies from anthropology, sociology, feminist analysis, and science and technology studies, we will examine some of the ways that differences in culture, power, and knowledge construct the conceptual frameworks and social policies undertaken in relation to the environment. The course draws on contemporary scholarship and social movement activism (including memoir and autobiography) from diverse national and international contexts. Topics addressed include, for example, ideas/theories of “nature,” toxic exposure and public health, environmental perception and social difference, poverty and natural resource depletion, justice and sustainability, Indigenous environmentalisms, eco-imperialism, and disparate impacts of global climate change. The course offers students opportunities for community-based learning working in partnership with local organizations.
1 credit.
Eligible for BLST, ENVS, GSST
Spring 2018. Di Chiro.
Catalog chapter: Environmental Studies  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/environmental-studies


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