Just Futures

Just Futures

How do we imagine the future? What kinds of landscapes, which bodies, whose voices, what types of powers and privileges are included? How do we plan to start living it now? This FIG will explore different socio-ecological visions of the future that are now emerging from our uneven planetary conditions. We’ll focus especially on how legacies of inequity, exclusion, and degradation are making possible alternate ways of understanding the world and humanity, guiding diverse movements for social and environmental justice, and inspiring new models and practices for building more just futures. We’ll develop the insights we learn together into pathways for action and invite others to join us.


Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package*:

*Courses in the FIG package may be subject to change

ENVS 199 College Connections - FIG Seminar, 1-credit

ENVS 203 Introduction to Environmental Studies: Humanities - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

In this course we will learn about what the Humanities are, as an interdisciplinary field, and how Humanities methods and research contribute to environmental thought and action. The class involves reading and research but also creativity and innovation. It is a lab in which we will think together about the possible futures of our stressed planet and how to harness imagination in the service of sustainability.

SOC 207 Social Inequality - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

Our world is structured by unequal social relations that permeate all aspects of our lives. All societies have systems of stratification which result in the unequal distribution of economic, social, and political resources. These systems of stratification are complex, pervasive, and persistent yet highly variable. Focusing primarily on the United States, we will explore the structural bases of inequality by examining primarily three intersecting stratification systems: class, race, and gender. We will also examine some individual and collective experiences of people differently located in these systems of stratification. Through lectures, discussions, and videos, we will think critically about social inequality and how that’s reflected in our own social worlds and our personal experiences.