Sustainability and Social Justice (POL4256.02)

John Hultgren

This course will explore how different social movements have incorporated principles of ecological sustainability and social justice into their activism. We will examine how environmentalists (mainstream and radical), indigenous rights activists, feminists, immigrants’ rights activists, anti-immigrant groups, religious organizations, conservatives and labor unions
have conceptualized and fought for sustainability. We will then critically reflect on the similarities and differences between these various attempts to articulate connections between the ecological and the social. By the end of the course, you will have a strong understanding of the opportunities and barriers that exist in efforts to build the alliances necessary for the
(re)construction of societies that are both ecologically sustainable and socially just.

Prerequisites: previous coursework in SCT
Credits: 4
M/Th 1:40-3:30 (second seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years
This course is categorized as All courses, Environment, Politics.