Spring 2024 Human Rights GU4460 section 001

Climate Justice

Call Number 10863
Day & Time
T 12:10pm-2:00pm
402 Hamilton Hall
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Jacqueline Dugard
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

The unfolding climate emergency occurs at the confluence of three global systems of domination – capitalism, racialized imperialism, and patriarchy. Premised as they are on exploitation, competition, and inequality rather than consideration, cooperation and balance, these systems of domination not only have caused the crisis but are seemingly unable to resolve it. Among the injustices of the contemporary impasse is the likelihood the people who have least benefited from the global (dis)order, and especially minorities in the global south, will be the worst affected casualties of climate change.

Encompassing a focus on equity and frameworks for accountability and redress, the human rights paradigm is a useful lens through which to analyze the emergency, exert accountability, and imagine better futures. It is against this backdrop that this interdisciplinary (climate science, law, politics, social science, development studies and anthropology) course on Climate Justice has been introduced to the Human Rights Studies MA program.

This 3-credit course addresses contemporary issues in the evolving discourse and epistemology of climate justice. How should we understand the climate emergency from a social justice perspective? What terminologies, discourses and paradigms are useful? How have individuals, non-government organizations and social movements sought to overcome climate change vulnerabilities and advance climate justice? What litigation, law and policy initiatives have been brought, and with what level of success? And what alternative models of living, working and being are conceivable for a more socially, ecologically, and existentially sustainable world?

Web Site Vergil
Department Institute for Study of Human Rights
Enrollment 11 students (22 max) as of 6:05PM Wednesday, July 24, 2024
Subject Human Rights
Number GU4460
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Section key 20241HRTS4460W001