Environmental Justice Minor - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog

Coordinator: Lisa Anne Zilney

This multidisciplinary minor offers students a theoretical and applied course of study in environmental justice, an emerging interdisciplinary filed. It is designed for students seeking an increased involvement in the government and community life. The minor provides a solid foundation for those pursuing a graduate degree in Environmental Law as well as careers in federal, state and local agencies. Environmental Justice is increasingly among the considerations of both government policy makers and community organization.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE MINOR

Complete 18 semester hours-20 semester hours, including the following 2 requirement(s):

  1. ENJU MINOR REQUIRED COURSES

    Complete the following 2 courses:

    JUST 200 Perspectives on Justice Studies I (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 314 Environmental Justice (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. ENJU MINOR ELECTIVE COURSES

    Complete 12 semester hours to 14 semester hours from the courses below:

    1. Complete 2 courses from the following: . (Selected Topics courses must be approved by the minor Coordinator or the dept Chair)

      JUST 209 Environmental Crime (3 hours lecture) 3
      JUST 318 Animals and Justice (3 hours lecture) 3
      JUST 330 International Environmental Issues (3 hours lecture) 3
      JUST 342 Wildlife Trafficking (3 hours lecture) 3
      JUST 359 Women and the Environment (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. Complete 6 semester hours to 8 semester hours from the following:

      1.  

        ANTH 360 Environmental Anthropology (3 hours lecture) 3
        BIOL 109 The Living World (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 4
        EAES 161 Human Geography (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 264 The Geography of Life and Death (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 361 Environmental Policy (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 385 Urbanization and Environment (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 460 Environmental Law (3 hours lecture) 3
        HLTH 240 Foundations of Environmental Health (3 hours lecture) 3
        SOCI 309 Sociology of Health and Illness (3 hours lecture) 3
        SOCI 312 Environmental Sociology (3 hours lecture) 3
        SOCI 340 Social Change in a Global World (3 hours lecture) 3
      2. One of the following may also be taken:

        EAES 160 The Human Environment (3 hours lecture) 3
        PSYC 109 The Human Environment (3 hours lecture) 3
      3. One of the following may also be taken:

        EAES 101 Planet Earth (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 4
        EAES 107 Earth and the Environment (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 4

Course Descriptions:

ANTH360: Environmental Anthropology (3 hours lecture)

The relationships between culture and the bio-physical environment, as well as the cultural environment. The emphasis will be on primitive and non-Western cultures. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ANTH 125 or ANTH 135 or ANTH 145 or ANTH 155 or ANTH 201 or ANTH 270 or departmental approval.

BIOL109: The Living World (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

This course will provide students an opportunity to learn about the biological and environmental components of life and how these components interact to affect their own lives. This course is designed to be effective for and approachable by students who are not biology majors. No prerequisites in biology are needed. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Natural/Physical Science Laboratory. 4 sh.

EAES101: Planet Earth (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

An introduction to the physical characteristics of planet earth. The focus is on processes and interactions of the four components of the earth system: atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. An understanding of the human impact on earth systems is also developed and maintained in perspective. Satellite information, aerial photography, maps, charts and other Geographic Information Systems technologies are used to study planet earth in this course. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Natural/Physical Science Laboratory. Previous course GEOS 107 effective through Spring 2012. 4 sh.

EAES107: Earth and the Environment (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

The study of the natural processes of the earth and the effects of human activities on the environment. Earth materials, processes and systems, and the engineering properties of natural materials will be discussed, as well as pollution of soil, water and air. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Natural/Physical Science Laboratory. Previous course GEOS 125 effective through Spring 2012. 4 sh.

EAES160: The Human Environment (3 hours lecture)

An interdisciplinary course which explains the human impact, as social groups and individuals, on the natural environment. It explores the relationships and interconnectedness between natural processes and social, economic, cultural, technological, and political culture. Critical environmental issues are discussed. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. Previous course ENVR 109 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

EAES161: Human Geography (3 hours lecture)

Human Geography presents the interaction of culture and environment. Variations in environment and culture result in great differences how culture is imprinted upon the environment. The role of politics, language, religion, economics, urban systems, and technology reveal the relative intensity with which culture roots in nature. Emphasis is upon culture as a force that shapes the human use of the earth. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. Previous course EUGS 101 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

EAES264: The Geography of Life and Death (3 hours lecture)

Study of medical geography of diseases of man and their relationship to physical setting. Factors such as climate, soils, water nutrition and sanitation in relation to diseases will be analyzed world-wide. Human diseases also examined; national, regional, and local geographic conditions. Previous course EUGS 222 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: GNED 199, ENWR 105 or HONP 100 may be taken as prerequisite or corequisite.

EAES361: Environmental Policy (3 hours lecture)

The course studies U.S. environmental policy in air, water, land use, agriculture, energy, and waste disposal and other areas. It examines the major ideas that shape environmental policy, the institutional processes by which these ideas are turned into policy, and how these policies affect both U.S. and global environments. Issues of international environmental policy will also be discussed. Previous course ENVR 313 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: EAES202, EAES281, EAES283, JUST209, LAWS200, JURI210, POLS201 or departmental approval.

EAES385: Urbanization and Environment (3 hours lecture)

Examines interaction between man and the physical urban environment. Studies dynamic and physical processes as related to air, water and noise pollution, and hydrologic and geologic hazards. Previous course EUGS 331 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: EAES 202, EAES 210, EAES 281, EAES 283 or departmental approval.

EAES460: Environmental Law (3 hours lecture)

The study of the National Environmental Policy Act; the Environmental Impact Statement; the Clean Air Act; the Clean Water Act; Toxic Substances Control Act; Solid and Hazardous Waste; related environmental laws, i.e. OS&H act; and litigation are analyzed. Aspects of environmental law, within which institutions and corporations must operate, are discussed. Previous courses ENVR 410 and EUGS 410 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ANTH 360, EAES 300, EAES 302, EAES 310, EAES 320, EAES 322, EAES 341, EAES 361, EAES 370, EAES 390, JUST 314, JUST 330, LAWS 302, JURI 300, POLS 365 or departmental approval.

HLTH240: Foundations of Environmental Health (3 hours lecture)

Prepares student to make informed decisions concerning the avoidance or elimination of disease-causing environmental exposures by providing an understanding of the scientific principles by which these exposures are identified, measured, and judged as to their acceptability. 3 sh.

JUST200: Perspectives on Justice Studies I (3 hours lecture)

An examination of questions of justice based upon social behavior, group processes and individual differences. The course will explore controversies surrounding justice and injustice, including the potential for differential treatment based upon race, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical ability. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Justice Studies. 3 sh.

JUST209: Environmental Crime (3 hours lecture)

The purpose of this course is to explore the variety of harms committed against the environment and its inhabitants. The course examines explanations for environmental crime, the criminal justice system response, consequences of environmental offenses, crime resulting from natural disasters, and how the criminal justice system can be more responsive to issues of environmental crime. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 102.

JUST314: Environmental Justice (3 hours lecture)

The domain of this course is the role of social inequities, especially those of class and race, in the distribution of environmental risks in societies at the local, national, and global levels and includes study of legal remedies and public policy measures that address environmental injustices. Cross listed with Sociology, SOCI 314. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or JUST 102 or departmental approval.

JUST318: Animals and Justice (3 hours lecture)

The course will familiarize students with scholarship on the relationships between human and nonhuman animals from a multidisciplinary perspective including the ecological, environmental, cultural, economic, social, psychological, and health dimensions of these relationships. The course will situate nonhuman animals into a larger conception of social justice. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 102 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

JUST330: International Environmental Issues (3 hours lecture)

This course will familiarize students with environmental issues from a global perspective. The course will situate global environmental concerns within a larger framework of social justice and elaborate on various social, political, economic, and historical issues related to the environment and natural resources. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 200 or JUST 201.

JUST342: Wildlife Trafficking (3 hours lecture)

The purpose of this course is to explore the variety of harms committed against wildlife populations globally. The course examines the threats to wildlife populations, impacted by the decisions of humans, development, and industries. The course overviews the theories and practices of wildlife protection, and details law enforcement's use of forensics to apprehend and prosecute wildlife traffickers. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 200 or JUST 201 or JUST 209.

JUST359: Women and the Environment (3 hours lecture)

The course will familiarize students with the role of women in the environmental movement, currently and historically from a social justice perspective. The course will focus on the unique roles women have played in environmental protection. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 102 or JUST 200 or JUST 209.

PSYC109: The Human Environment (3 hours lecture)

An interdisciplinary course which explains the human impact, as social groups and individuals, on the natural environment. It explores the relationships and interconnectedness between natural processes and social, economic, cultural, technological, and political culture. Critical environmental issues are discussed. Meets Gen Ed 2002 Requirements - Social Science. 3 sh.

SOCI309: Sociology of Health and Illness (3 hours lecture)

The focus of this course is on the relationship between society and health with a special emphasis on the role of culture and social structure. Health inequalities and the sociology of disability will be central concerns. Other topics will include social and cultural definitions of health and illness, the social role of the "sick", comparative medical beliefs and practices and medical institutions. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SOCI 104 or SOCI 105 or SOCI 106 or SOCI 201 or SOCI 209 or SOCI 220 or SOCI 230 or FCST 200 or departmental approval.

SOCI312: Environmental Sociology (3 hours lecture)

The role of sociology in understanding and analyzing the environment, environmental issues and problems, and the sociocultural sources and structure of environmentalism and environmental movements. Various perspectives and approaches to explaining the relationship between society and the environment are explored. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SOCI 201 or SOCI 204 or SOCI 205 or SOCI 206 or SOCI 207 or SOCI 209 or SOCI 220 or SOCI 230 or departmental approval.

SOCI340: Social Change in a Global World (3 hours lecture)

This course will examine the ways in which people's food production and consumption patterns are affected by and related to other aspects of their social organization. The interrelationship between food production/consumption patterns, political life, stratification systems, and demography will be examined. The main focus will be a comparison between different forms of social organization with respect to the management of food and population issues. Previous course SOCI 216 effective through Winter 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SOCI 201 or SOCI 207 or SOCI 208 or SOCI 209 or SOCI 212 or SOCI 215 or SOCI 219 or SOCI 220 or SOCI 240 or departmental approval.