Climate Violence/Climate Justice

New School for Social Research: Philosophy

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Climate Violence/Justice
Summer 2023
Taught By: T. Alexander Aleinikoff and Alice Crary
Section: A

CRN: 3621

Credits: 3

Climate justice is an urgent demand given the disproportionate impacts of climate change and other forms of human-caused environmental degradation on people and places least responsible for causing the problem, in particular poor, racialized, and Indigenous communities. This course is about why appropriate responses to the unfolding global environmental crisis must be approached through the lens of climate justice and conceived as part of the struggle against climate violence. We start by exploring the work of scholars and activists who describe historical and structural ties between the modern emergence of capitalist social forms, for which racism and the oppression of women are foundational, and the devastation of more-than-human nature. These thinkers enable us to see crucial connections between the anthropogenic destruction of the natural world and a range of social, racial, and gender-based justice issues. We then focus our study of the theory and practice of climate justice on two important areas. First, we turn to biodiversity loss and harms to non-human animals as aspects of environmental cataclysm, discussing how justice for animals is only adequately conceived, and can only be pursued, in solidarity with justice for marginalized human groups. Second, we study the impact of the climate crisis on human mobility and immobility. Typically these issues are examined from the perspective of states seeking to avert and manage climate-induced displacement. Considering them from a justice perspective grounds us in a human rights approach and puts in play notions of accountability and reparations that are usually excluded from policy discussions.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Philosophy (GPHI)

Campus: New School Course outside US (NO)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 5

Add/Drop Deadline: July 8, 2023 (Saturday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: August 2, 2023 (Wednesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:10pm EDT 9/22/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Times: 10:00am - 11:30am
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 7/5/2023 - 7/20/2023