May 27, 2017

Teaching Unit Nr.6 – Environmental Justice

Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE) – Environmental History
David Brownstein, Klahanie Research Ltd.

This university-level teaching unit is designed to be easily scaled up or down regarding class time consumed, or difficultly, as appropriate for the individual course context. The material in this unit has a strict focus on Canada (British Columbia), though instructors in other locations are encouraged to improvise, using this module as a foundation, to insert a comparative element and make connections to other places or themes.

Learning goals

  • introduce the concepts of hazard, risk, risk society, and environmental justice
  • contextualize the concept of environmental injustice in Canada
  • familiarize the student with archival sources that inform historical narratives of environmental injustice
  • encourage students to connect these concepts with their own experience of the world

This teaching unit is composed of six resources:

  1. an open source journal article, to be assigned as a reading
  2. discussion questions focused on the reading and the video
  3. a contextual essay, around which the instructor can build their own lecture
  4. an online streaming video from the National Film Board of Canada, which can be shown either in class, or assigned to students as homework
  5. primary sources, in this case photographs from the British Columbia Archives, and an archival video to be deployed as best suits the purposes of the instructor
  6. a glossary of “Canadian” terms and concepts, to support a non-Canadian,
    international audience

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