Department: School of Natural Resources and Environment
Division: 711 Section 001
Course Number: 492
Term(s) offered: Fall term beginning in 1996
Credit Hours: 3
Time: Wednesday and Friday 12:30-2:00 p.m. (Monday from 12:30-200 p.m. is the discussion section)
Instructor: Bunyan Bryant


This a lecture course. Information in the course includes: 1) the definition of environmental racism, environmental equity, environmental justice, and environmental advocacy, 2) key research issues in the field of environmental justice which includes race vs. income, intent vs. nonintent, pollution prevention vs. pollution control, cause and effect vs. association, 3) understanding energy and its relation with environmental justice, 4) the social structure of accumulation vs. the social structure of sustainability, 5) comparing the issues of environmental justice within the U.S. and within developing countries, 6) comparing the Basel Treaty and the Organization of African Unity's ban on the transport of toxic waste internationally, and the First National Environmental Leadership Summit's Seventeen Principles of Environmental Justice.

Both domestic and international examples will be used in the course to enhance teaching and learning. Resources including Power Point and the World Wide Web are a feature of this course. The Graduate Student Instructor will be responsible for meeting with students, scheduling office hours, grading, facilitating small group discussions, and teaching of classes. The GSI is to make sure that videos and films are ordered, picked up, and returned to the film library as well as attending to other details of the course.

Students will be required to: 1) take a midsemester and final examination, and 2) develop case studies on environmental justice. LS&A students taking this course can satisfy their race, ethnicity, and gender requirement.

Some Comments from the Students

"This course was truly an eye-opener to urban environmental pollution and the social problems caused by it. Also, the class went beyond a discussion of the problem to seeking solutions. That is what really mattered to me. I also appreciated Bunyan's willingness to hear other points of view and foster discussion and debate in the classroom."

"Professor Bryant teaches with a lot of heart, and moves us to envelop ourselves in the subject matter. What is really great about this course is that we are being taught by a professor who has had direct experience with issues of racism, environmental injusice, and urban pollution. These issues are a part of his life, and he has invited us to share it with him."

"This course has offered me a firm understanding of environmental justice, and that nature isn't only something to be preserved in some far reaching area of the country. It is in our cities, our parks, and neighborhoods, and serves a vital purpose in keeping us healthy, free, and sane. I had no idea up to this point that people of color and poor people were bearing a disproportionate burden of the pollution in this country. Now I know, and now I can do something about it."

"The knowledge that Professor Bryant brought to this course, from direct experience and scientific knowledge, enabled the students to see both sides of the environmental justice debate. As a forerunner in the Environmental Justice Movement, Professor Bryant offered us his knowledge, enthusiasm, and a passion that compels his students to become active members in the grassroots campaign for environmental justice."

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