HC 434H/431H: Inside Out Prison Exchange: Water, Climate, and Environmental Justice

Professor:  Mark Carey

4.00 Credits

  • CRN 26660: Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:50 @ Salem OSP
  • Tuesday, January 7 ONLY, 5:00 - 7:50 @ CHA 101

This course is open only to CHC students, and requires an application, interview and instructor approval to register for this course.  If you are not familiar with the Inside-Out Program, please check out the information on the Honors College website here:  http://honors.uoregon.edu/story/inside-out-prison-exchange-program and watch the Inside-Out documentary here: https://uoprisoned.org/inside-out

Graduation Requirement:  This class will fulfill a Social Science Colloquium and a Global Perspectives area of inquiry requirement.  If the student has already taken a Social Science Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements:  an Elective Colloquium and a Global Perspectives.

An Information Session will be held on Tuesday, November 12, at 5 p.m., in 191 Anstett Hall (ANS).  

The Application is available on Clark Honors College Canvas page, under "Modules" then "Resources & Opportunities” where detailed information about the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program is found and the link to the Application is at the bottom of the page.  Application due by 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 15, 2019. We will schedule interviews very soon after the application deadline.  Interviews will be held beginning November 14-19, and students will be notified of their standing by November 22. 

This class will be held on Wednesdays, 6:00-8:50 p.m., inside the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem; transportation will be provided.  We will leave campus between 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. and return by 10:20 p.m., with class being held from 6:00-8:50 p.m.  The first day of class will be on Tuesday, January 7th, 5:00-7:50 p.m. in 101 CHA.

How are environmental issues -- and particularly water issues related to climate change -- experienced, understood, studied, and managed in different ways depending on race, class, and gender? How are environmental impacts unevenly distributed? Who produces the knowledge to grapple with climate change and water stresses -- and who doesn't?  Who gets to decide (and who is left out) of the solutions to climate change and water security? And what can we learn more broadly about issues of race, class, and gender when we study climate and water in particular? These are the kinds of questions this course will tackle.  At the broadest level, it is a course in environmental justice and specifically climate justice.  We will focus on water-related topics, and water in many different forms -- from urban water contamination and sea level rise to glacier floods and water for farming and food. We will address these issues in the United States and internationally. While the course will examine theoretical and technical aspects of climate and water, the justice focus asks us to think also about ethics, morality, fairness and equity, and how inequality plays out within particular societies, globally, historically, and for future generations. Ultimately, this helps us reflect more profoundly on how we -- and others -- interact with and influence not only our planet but also each other.