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Geographies of Environmental Justice

Professor Tom Perreault
Syracuse University

This course examines issues of environmental quality and social justice. It takes as axiomatic the premise that all people have a right to live in a clean environment free from hazardous pollution or
contamination, and to the natural resources necessary to sustain health and livelihood.We begin by examining the philosophical foundations and history of the environmental justice movement and foundational concepts such as justice, race and class. We then explore these concepts through a series of case studies of urban environmental (in)justice in the U.S., move on to environmental justice and globalization, and then consider resource use, conservation and sustainability in the global South.

To access the complete syllabus, please click on the PDF version of the Geographies of Environmental Justice syllabus.

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