ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
CURRICULUM RESOURCE GUIDEBOOK

Compiled by:
Robert D. Bullard, Ph.D.
Glenn S. Johnson, Ph.D.
Chad G. Johnson

 

INTRODUCTION

For more than a century the environmental movement in the United States has been rooted in wilderness, wildlife preservation, and resource conservation. The decade of the sixties ushered in a new era of activism with the civil rights and antiwar movements. Student activists broke away from the civil rights and antiwar movements and formed the core of the civil rights and the antiwar movements in the 1970s. The environmental justice movement took root in the 1980s. This "new" movement redefined environmentalism to address issues of equity, disparate impact, and unequal protection.

People of color and the poor are exposed to greater environmental hazards in their homes, on their jobs, in their neighborhoods, and on the playgrounds than is the society at large. What factors create environmental disparities? Environmental inequities result from a host of industry and government practices such as discriminatory land use; discriminatory facility siting and clean-up strategies; exclusionary practices that limit participation of governmental agencies charged with protecting public health and the environment, and faulty assumptions in calculating health risks.

Colleges and universities play a tremendous role in shaping public policy debate on natural resources, economic development, environmental protection, and public health. For many years, few college courses and their professors tackled the thorny question of "who gets what, when, why, and how much?" Only recently have we began to see environmental policy and environmental studies courses explore the link between class, race, gender, social equity, land use, pollution, exposure, and environmental decision making.

A national search was undertaken to catalog the types of environmental justice courses and coverage at colleges and universities. The search resulted in this Environmental Justice Curriculum Resource Guide. The Resource Guide highlights some of the environmental justice syllabi from a wide range of disciplines including sociology, urban planning, law, health, natural resources, and geography.

Today, environmental justice college courses are being taught in colleges and universities from New York to California and many locations in between. Clearly, environmental justice is multi disciplinary and can be adapted to almost any field. Some of the material is handled in specialized environmental courses, while others integrate environmental justice principles into core courses.

The Resource Guide will be periodically updated. Anyone who would like to have his/her course syllabus listed in the Resource Guide should send the material to ejrc@cau.edu.

TABLE OF CONTENTS 

Environmental Justice Courses
Part One: Bullard, Johnson, Alger, Brown, Chew, Gedicks, Gillespie, Gould, Krieg, Lummus, Nigg, Perry
Part Two: Pfeffer, Pulido, Roberts, Rosa, Wright

Urban Planning Courses
Cordova, Washington

Law Courses
Abascal, Abascal & Cole, Harris & Cole, Collin, Deutsch, Engel, Shutkin & Lord

Health Courses
Haley

Multicultural/Interdisciplinary Courses
Cordova, Kronick