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Environmental Humanities and Global Justice

This course is closed for further applications.

Environmental movements have long used the notion of "justice" to frame issues such as the exposure to pollution and toxic waste, the impact of extractive industries or unequal access to healthy environments and food. In the age of climate change, unleashed extractivism and plastic pollution on a planetary scale, "justice" has acquired new meanings and practical implications. Negotiating the stewardship of the global commons, including a stable climate, biodiversity and the oceans, has an immediate justice dimension, as uneven past and present uses of nature enter the scripts and discourses of political agreements, negotiators and activists alike. Similarly, justice struggles are increasingly connected across borders, since they address intertwined experiences of environmental harm or contest the operations of transnational corporations. In this summer university course, we trace emerging notions of global justice from the perspective of the environmental humanities. To do this, we will draw on several sub-disciplines including anthropology, history and sociology and engage in conversations with activists and organizations about their understandings and strategies in framing environmental issues as matters of global justice. It is a case-based and research-oriented course that provides participants with the opportunity of designing individual projects.

Exam info and full course description

Exam info and full course description can be found in the course catalogue.  

Admission Requirements

Course specific:

To apply for the course you must either be enrolled in a bachelor's degree, have a bachelor's degree or have passed a qualifying entry examination.    


Exchange students: nomination from your home university

Freemovers: documentation for English Language proficiency

You can read more about admission here.