Environmental Politics, Justice and Arts

How do we change the world? How do we construct a just society in creative ways? This Area focuses on facing today’s environmental challenges through politics, art, philosophy, education and media. You will examine the relationships between humans and environments using literary texts, digital images, pop art and performance. Study how environmental inequalities arise, including class, indigenous, racial and gender dimensions. Learn methods for researching environmental justice issues, and strategies for addressing them both locally and globally. Develop analytical, artistic, writing, collaborative and presentation skills to envision and realize a better environmental future.

Sample topics include:

  • environmental racism and justice movements
  • environmental ethics
  • digital art and the environment
  • environmental education
  • human-animal relations
  • environmental literature
  • indigenous sovereignty
  • human and gender rights
  • technology, science and politics
  • culture and global media
  • sustainable development
  • the political economy of international development
  • health equity
  • climate justice
  • sexuality and gender-based activism


Required courses:

  • ENVS 2000 Environmental Politics, Justice and Arts

Select any two of the following three courses:

  1. ENVS 3100 3.00 Environmental Arts & Media: Tools, Methods & Action
  2. ENVS 3125 3.00 Popular Education for Environmental and Social Justice
  3. ENVS 3160 3.00 Race/Racism and Environmental Justice