Yale is offering a range of Fall 2018 courses on Environmental Ethics and Environmental Justice. In Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan’s “Environmental Justice in South Asia” will explore South Asia’s nation building and economic development in the aftermath of war and decolonization in the 20th century, with a focus on how it generated unprecedented stress on natural environments, increased social disparity, and exposed the poor and minorities to environmental risks. Carolyn Roberts’ “Medicine, Race, and the Slave Trade,” examines how the slave trade produced a new form of “racialized” medicine characterized by violence and terror. Zoe Todd’s “Decolonizing the Anthropocene” considers diverse narratives of the Anthropocene epoch, interrogating the scientific work of defining and situating this era of anthropogenic change of the Earth System.
Clifton Granby’s “Ecological Ethics and Environmental Justice” examines historical sources and recent debates within environmental and ecological ethics, drawing on a range of intellectual and interdisciplinary approaches, including theology, philosophy, literature, sociology, anthropology, and postcolonial studies. Janet Ruffing’s “Loving Creation: Spirituality, Nature, and Ecological Conversion” focuses on the spiritual dimension of ecology through the work of two thinkers: Douglas Burton-Christie’s “Contemplative Ecology” and Denis Edwards’s Trinitarian theology. In Kristen Reynolds’ “Social Justice in the Global Food System,” students explore the social justice dimensions of today’s globalized food system, considering sustainability in terms of sociopolitical as well as environmental dynamics.
For more information and full list of environmental humanities course offerings, visit https://environmentalhumanities.yale.edu/courses.