814.547 (20S) Environmental and Climate Justice

Sommersemester 2020

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10.03.2020 11:30 - 13:00 , SR 3b Off Campus
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LV-Titel englisch
Environmental and Climate Justice
Seminar (prüfungsimmanente LV )
7 (25 max.)
zum Moodle-Kurs

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Intendierte Lernergebnisse

After the course, students should be able to

  • understand the interlinkages of the environmental 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
  • differentiate between movements’ and research perspectives on environmental justice and their interplay
  • draft a research proposal that applies an environmental justice perspective

Lehrmethodik inkl. Einsatz von eLearning-Tools

  • text discussion and group work
  • brief inputs by lecturers
  • presentations by students


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.



participation, reading of texts, research exposé, presentation


In the seminar, the performance is continuously assessed (prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung). To complete the course, you have to fulfill all requirements:

  • active participation in class (weight of this requirement for the course grade 10%)
  • reading of all the texts and writing of reaction papers (40%)
     Write and submit one reaction paper per session (0.5-1 page) that focuses on two aspects
     1) What is the main focus/argument of the text?
     2) What are relevant/new/important aspects with regard to environmental/climate justice
  • research exposé (30%)Based on the theoretical and empirical text discussions, you are supposed to write a research exposé that analyzes a topic/case from an environmental/climate justice perspective. The exposé is written in groups of three to four people. Deadline for the submission of the exposé is 30 June 2020. The exposé may serve as a basis for a MA thesis.
  • presentation of research questions and exposés (20%)

The groups present their work twice: once their research question (26 May) and once their final exposé (16 June).


Note/Grade Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Masterstudium Sozial- und Humanökologie (SKZ: 919, Version: 14W.1)
    • Fach: GWF1 Gesellschaft und Umwelt (Wahlfach)
      • GWF1 Vertiefung ( 0.0h VO, SE, EX, KU, SX / 14.0 ECTS)
        • 814.547 Environmental and Climate Justice (2.0h SE / 4.0 ECTS)

Gleichwertige Lehrveranstaltungen im Sinne der Prüfungsantrittszählung

Sommersemester 2019
  • 814.547 SE Unjust Climate - the unequal burden sharing of human induced climate change (2.0h / 4.0ECTS)
Sommersemester 2018
  • 814.547 SE Environmental Justice & Climate Justice in the US and Europe: Understanding Differences and Commonalities (2.0h / 4.0ECTS)
Sommersemester 2017
  • 814.547 SE Environmental Justice in the US and Europe: Understanding Differences and Communalities (2.0h / 4.0ECTS)