737316 Environmental and climate justice

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Schaffartzik, Anke
Offered in
Sommersemester 2022
Languages of instruction


People share and are affected by environmental burdens unequally, an insight that marked the beginning of the environmental justice movement in the 1970s in the US, mainly dealing with toxic wastes and hazardous industries. Since then, the thematic, geographical, and analytical scope in both movements and research has spread substantially. In the seminar, we discuss the history of the EJ movement in the US, identify commonalities and differences in Europe and the Global South as well as reflect on the most recent advancements with regard to climate justice.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After the course, students are be able to
-understand the interlinkages of the environmental/climate crisis with social inequalities
-differentiate between justice implications depending on different geographical contexts
-identify different analytical dimensions of environmental and climate justice and apply them to different case studies
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.