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CSC 33976 - Environmental Justice and Human Rights in the Aftermath of Katrina, Spring 2009

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Author: Cynthia Toms Smedley
Notre Dame OpenCourseware (OCW) offers free educational resources for the course "Environmental Justice and Human Rights in the Aftermath of Katrina" in the Center for Social Concerns. This seminar will explore how impoverished communities in Louisiana are recovering from Hurricane Katrina. We will explore the historical, political, and economic issues that created a culture of inequality in these areas. The course will also critically reflect on the nexus between social stratification, poverty, and current environmental issues facing the New Orleans community.
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Environmental Justice and Human Rights in the Aftermath of Katrina

Professor Cynthia Toms Smedley

Center for Social Concerns
University of Notre Dame

Course Structure:

Six weekly 1.5 hour seminars

Week-long immersion experience in New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

Photo Courtesy of Ryan Brellenthin. Used with Permission.

Course Description

From the perspectives of environmental justice and human rights, this seminar will explore how impoverished communities in Louisiana are recovering from Hurricane Katrina.   We will explore the historical, political, and economic issues that created a culture of inequality in these areas. The course will also critically reflect on the nexus between social stratification, poverty, and current environmental issues facing the New Orleans community.

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