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SJS 04 — The Cultures of Climate Justice

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jun 28—Jul 26
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jun 30
Unit: 1
Tuition: $320
Instructor(s): Belinda Ramírez
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Jun 28—Jul 26
5 weeks
Refund Date
Jun 30
1 Unit
Belinda Ramírez
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Climate change is an urgent and immediate challenge for communities all around the world. Since the impacts of climate change are not equally or fairly distributed, there has been a growing focus on "climate justice," which examines the climate crisis through a human rights lens. It relates environmental science to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion and explores ethics in the human dimensions of climate change.

This course will center on the experiences of minoritized groups in the United States. We will begin the course with a general overview of climate justice and then delve into examples of climate change’s human impact. We will highlight how the communities most affected have not only borne the brunt of environmental degradation, but have also organized to lead the fight for climate justice. At the course conclusion, we will self-reflect on community resilience strategies, such as Black-led urban agriculture initiatives in Detroit and Indigenous activism at Standing Rock.

This online course will center on student discussion and learning. Our main goal is to allow students the opportunity to reflect on how class concepts have impacted their own lives and how to enact positive change in our communities.

No prior knowledge is needed, and students of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to participate in the course.

COLLEGE Teaching Fellow in the Civic, Liberal, and Global Education Program, Stanford

Belinda Ramírez's research focuses on the social, political, and economic dimensions of urban agriculture and food and sustainability movements. Ramírez received a PhD in sociocultural anthropology from UC San Diego, where they taught courses in cultural anthropology, covering topics such as race/ethnicity, gender, development, cultural analysis, and sustainability.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Cynthia Kaufman, The Sea is Rising and So Are We: A Climate Justice Handbook. (ISBN 978-1629638652)