Race and the Environment

Schools of Public Engagement: Global, Urban, & Environmental

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Race and the Environment
Spring 2024
Taught By: Mia White
Section: A

CRN: 13342

Credits: 4

As a field of scholarship, environmental history focuses on the reciprocal interactions between human societies and the natural world over time, the changing ways in which those interactions have been mediated by cultural and political forms, and the emergence of “the environment” as an object of knowledge and concern. Following this thread, we will locate historical antecedents and cultural values in racial and environmental rhetoric, exploring how constructions of race and ethnicity and ideas about the natural world have shaped each other; how access to, and experiences of, landscapes and natural resources have differed along racial lines; and how mainstream conservation and environmental movements have discriminated against non-white Americans. We are particularly interested in asking who has historically had the power to name, claim, and manage resources? Students will build ethical critical reading and discussion skills towards linking the ways colonization, empire, the transatlantic slave trade, and coercive labor practices define how we understand, experience, and learn about the environment.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Global, Urban, & Environmental (GLUE)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 12:32pm EST 12/3/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 10:00am - 11:40am
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 618
Date Range: 1/22/2024 - 5/13/2024