Environmental Justice: Race, Class, Equity and the Environment
General Catalog Course Title:
Environmental Justice: Race, Class, Equity and the Environment
Terms Offered:
Spring 2015
Spring 2014
Spring 2013
Spring 2011
Course Thread: 
Human Rights
Course Thread: 
Humanities & Environment
Course Thread: 
Sciences and Society
Instructor: 
O'Rourke, Dara

This course engages environmental problems, community responses, and policy debates regarding “environmental justice” (EJ) issues – essentially the race, class, and equity implications of environmental problems and policies. The course presents empirical evidence on distributions of environmental quality and health, enforcement of regulations, access to resources to respond to urban and industrial problems, and the broader political economy of decision-making around environmental and health issues. The course explores and critically analyzes philosophies, frameworks, and strategies underlying environmental justice movements and struggles of African American, Latino American, Asian American, and Native American communities. The course is organized into three sections: (1) history and philosophy of the environmental justice movement; (2) government policies and programs aimed at addressing environmental injustices; and (3) community responses and strategies for environmental justice. 

For more detailed information about classes, please visit the UC Berkeley Online Schedule of Classes.