Beyond Plastic Pollution (APA2334.02)

Judith Enck

This is a public policy class, with a focus on public action.  Plastic pollution is an important issue that requires a systemic response, far beyond individual consumer choices. Readings and discussion will be on the latest cutting edge information on this topic. The class will explore the dimensions of the production, use, and disposal of plastics (often in low income communities and communities of color).  There will be extensive discussion on the climate change nexus and what may be driving market changes.  In the spirit of the Center for Advancement of Public Action, much of the assigned work will include taking public action.

Please note: this class is entirely remote. Students will need access to Zoom.


Learning Outcomes:
Students will gain a deeper understanding of this important environmental issue.

Readings and discussion will delve into the climate change implications of plastic production, environmental justice, impact on rivers and oceans, health and alternatives to plastic. Students will learn about the latest research on these topics.

The class is a mix of students and community people who are auditing the class. Both cohorts learn from one another. It is a nice change of pace for college students, to share the learning experience with community people.


Delivery Method: Remotely accessible
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 1
W 7:00PM - 8:50PM (2nd seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 100
Course Frequency: Every Term

Categories: All courses , Advancement of Public Action , Remotely Accessible
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