Climate Justice

Spring
Spring 2020
Olympia
Olympia
Daytime
Day
Junior-Senior
Junior–Senior
Class Size: 25
16Variable
Credits per quarter
Variable Credit Options Available

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climate justice, climate policy and politics, political ecology, environment and development

'Climate justice' has become the dominant discourse among civil society groups and grassroots movements that have mobilized around and beyond U.N. climate talks over the last two decades. But what exactly does it mean? What are its implications for ongoing climate politics, policy-making, and evolving power relations? What does it mean for life and livelihood in a diverse and unequal world? 

This program involves an in-depth analysis of the social dimensions of climate change, focused on notions of equity and justice at multiple scales. Students will unpack the complex and multifaceted discourse of climate justice by learning to distinguish between different theoretical frameworks, including distributive, procedural, representational, and political economy. We will critically evaluate justice claims embedded in a wide range of climate mitigation and adaptation proposals; past and present international treaties and climate policies; place-based climate justice movements; and arguments for large scale structural transformations that seek to address the root causes of anthropogenic climate change. A key goal for the program will be to examine the synergies and contradictions among competing approaches towards conceptualizing climate justice.

The program will explore case studies of front-line communities, and of communities grappling with various climate initiatives. Our inquiries will be informed by theoretical and conceptual frameworks in political ecology, environmental justice, and critical development studies. Students will write a substantive research paper utilizing qualitative research methods introduced in the program, and a review of the scholarly literature pertaining to a research question of their choice.

 

16Variable

Credits per quarter
Variable Credit Options Available

Variable Credit Options:

Program can be taken for 12 credits if not undertaking primary research (equivalent to 4 credits).

Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
Junior-Senior
Class Standing: Junior–Senior
Class Size: 25
Daytime

Scheduled for: Day

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 10:00 am
SEM 2 E3109 - Seminar

Located in: Olympia