Course Details

Course offered Autumn 2018

HONORS 230 D: Intersections: Environmental Justice and Public Health

HONORS 230 D: Intersections: Environmental Justice and Public Health (I&S, DIV)

SLN 23520 (View UW registration info »)

Damarys Espinoza (Anthropology)
Email: damarys@uw.edu

Credits: 5
Limit: 35 students

Honors Credit Type

H-Social Science

H-Social Science

Freshmen Only
This course examines the intersection of environmental justice and public health through an interdisciplinary approach that considers social sciences, art, and the critical role of community organizing. Our examination of the intimate relationship between environmental justice and public health centers the scholarship and lived experiences of communities – both local and global – most impacted by environmental injustices and health disparities.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:
Describe the intersection of environmental justice and public health.
Explain the root causes of environmental injustices and health disparities.
Recognize factors that help maintain environmental injustices and
health disparities.
Describe how communities are organizing around critical environmental and public health issues that impact their wellbeing and survival.
Recognize their role and responsibility in addressing environmental
injustices and health disparities.

Learning activities and assignments include:
Engaged discussion and participation
Art-based projects
Writing assignments
Quizzes
Guest experts
Group and individual research opportunities

Students in this course must be committed to exploring root causes of complicated histories through creative and critical thinking, empathy, and active engagement.