Anthro 25A

4.0 units (GE III + VII) – Session I 

Course Code: 60090 

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This online summer course is open for students at all University of California campuses (more information on cross-campus enrollment).

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Cite as:

Rabach, K., T. Schütz and K. Fortun. 2019. Environmental Injustice Summer 2020. Disaster STS Network. University of California Irvine.

Course Description

Environmental Injustice is a lower-division undergraduate course taught by Prof. Kim Fortun at the University of California Irvine. 

In the course, students analyze environmental disasters, pollution, and the causes and impacts of climate change -- and how these impact human health and worsen social inequalities. They also study how people have become environmental activists to find and advocate for solutions.

The course examines many different factors that contribute to environmental problems (social, political, economic, biochemical, technological). It is designed to give students in different majors (in the social and natural sciences, public health, engineering, urban planning and the humanities) the opportunity to work together in interdisciplinary research teams, leveraging their different skills.

Through collaborative work with other students, engaging different points of view, they develop your own environmental and professional ethics. Students also develop research skills that can be used in other courses, independent research and many job settings. 



Week 1: Homo Toxicus

Week 2: Fast Disaster

Week 3: Slow Disaster

Week 4: Combo Disaster

Week 5: Environmental Movements 

Case Studies

In the course, students produce case studies about three different kinds of disasters in communities in California. All reports are published below.

See the 2019 course archive for more information.

Including the interactive visualization of Risk Management Facilities in Los Angeles County: Mapping Danger Zones