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Fall 2022 Earth and Environmental Sciences GR9810 section 001

Call Number 18416
Day & Time
TR 11:40am-12:55pm
417 Schermerhorn Hall [SCH]
Points 1-2
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Hadeel K Assali
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description Climate change and environmental catastrophes are on the rise, and it has been well-documented by now that those facing the heaviest impacts have largely been communities of color and / or working class. Many of these communities are also survivors of colonialism’s deeper histories and ongoing impacts, and yet these same communities have long had much to teach on how to be in better relations with our planet and each other. This course takes seriously these teachings as we examine the colonial foundations of the discipline of geology, the bedrock of the earth and climate sciences. The premise of this course is that environmental justice cannot be realized, nor can climate change be adequately addressed without a serious reckoning of the ongoing legacies of colonialism and a correction of its harms. The first track of the course focuses on the history of modern science, the formation of discipline of geology, its ideological underpinnings that rendered the earth an inert object to be exploited, and how its legacies endure as it continues to be taken up in extractive ways – from the colonial era, to modern (post-colonial) states as well as in settler colonial contexts. The second track of the course engages several anti-colonial and critical science scholars and asks: what would it mean to revisit the foundations of the discipline with a decolonial lens? The course also includes a practical component: a group pilot project that thinks about this question alongside local environmental issues.
Web Site Vergil
Department Earth and Environmental Sciences
Enrollment 13 students (30 max) as of 8:04AM Saturday, October 1, 2022
Subject Earth and Environmental Sciences
Number GR9810
Section 001
Division Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Morningside
Section key 20223EESC9810G001

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