Yale offers fall semester environmental ethics courses

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Environmental justice, medicine and race and ecological ethics are all on the syllabi this semester at Yale University.

There are a number of courses on the environmental ethics and environmental justice track, according to a university press release.

“Environmental Justice in South Asia” will look at nation building and economic development in the aftermath of war and decolonization of the 20th century and how it generated stress on natural environments and exposed the poor and minorities to environmental risks.

A second course is titled, “Medicine, Race and the Slave Trade,” and it will look at how the slave trade produced a new form of “racialized” medicine characterized by violence and terrore. A third course is “Decolonizing the Anthropocene,’ which considers the narratives of the Anthropocene in relation to scientific work defining the change of the Earth System.

Drawing on historical sources and recent debates, the course “Ecological Ethics and Environmental Justice will incorporate theology, philosophy, literature, sociology, anthropology and postcolonial studies.

Then incorporating ecology and theology is a class taught by Yale Divinity School’s Janet Ruffing, “Loving Creation: Spirituality, Nature and Ecological Conversion.” The focus will be on the spiritual dimension of ecology through the work of two thinkers: Douglas Burton-Christie’s “Contemplative Ecology” and Denis Edwards’s Trinitarian theology.

Students will then also be able to explore social justice within today’s globalized food system in another course taught by Kristen Reynolds, who researches urban agriculture.

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