Environment Justice Summer Course

Course title:Environmental Justice: Race, Class, Power, and Sustainability.

Short description: What is wilderness? Who made it? Whose land is it? How should we relate to it? Students in this course will develop the tools to answer these questions by conducting their own field research. They will engage in participant observation, visual sociology, interviewing, oral history, and archival research in the wilderness region known by the Ojibway as the “Arrowhead”, around the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area in the United States and Quetico Provincial Park in Canada. Students will visit four reservations and four small towns on both sides of the border to interview community leaders, business leaders, environmental groups, nongovernmental organizations, and government officials. Their research will shed light on the history of environmental preservation, environmental law-making at the grassroots, race relations, different models of economic development, environmental and social justice, and the role of Ojibway communities and government in wilderness preservation. Cross-national comparisons of political institutions, regulatory styles, Ojibway customary law, and state-society relations will reveal different approaches to environmental management and wilderness preservation in Canada and the U.S. The course is designed for undergraduate students with an interest in environmental studies, social justice, race relations, environmental law, and social research methods. The course has no prerequisites.

For more information, contact Pablo Toral at [email protected] 

or visit our website at  http://www.coe.edu/fieldstation