Environmental Justice and Urban Ecology in Syracuse

HNR 360 - Environmental Justice and Urban Ecology in Syracuse

MySlice Info:

Term: Fall 2020
Class #: 21638
Section: M009
Credits: 3

Perreault,Thomas A

Counts toward:
HNR Soc Sci, Interdisciplinary

Course Time(s):
W 02:15pm-05:00pm


Course Description:

This field-based class will examine the relationship between society, nature and power in the city of Syracuse. It begins from the premise that all people have the right to live in a clean environment, free from hazardous pollution. With this as our starting point, we will ask why some people are denied this basic right. As a de-industrialized city, Syracuse has experienced population loss, white flight, economic decline, poverty and segregation – as well as severe water contamination and inequitable access to parks and other green spaces. This class will use Syracuse as a living laboratory to explore the relationships between social justice and environmental sustainability, and to explore how and why environmental quality is so unevenly distributed in the city. The class will be organized seminar-style, meeting once each week for a three-hour time block, and will be organized around a series of field trips in and around Syracuse. We will begin the semester by reading about the history of Syracuse; poverty and segregation; and environmental justice and urban political ecology. Most of the semester will then be devoted to weekly fieldtrips to explore topics such as environmental history, urban ecology, environmental justice, and urban agriculture. Evaluation will be based on short, weekly papers and a final project.