Social and Environmental Justice Minor

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Date Posted: Nov. 20, 2018
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Minor


Given the many ways both humans and our planet's environment suffer grievous harm, it is fitting to provide an examination of some of the major kinds of harm as well as of some of the ideas that either fuel or offer alternatives to the ongoing violence. Such an examination will help prepare Social and Environmental Justice students to engage in a field experience that will both enhance the well-being of another people or place and deepen the students' understanding of the world in which we all live. Provided funding by a University of Wisconsin-Platteville alumnus especially concerned about global issues regarding human rights and the environment, the Social and Environmental Justice minor offers a unique contribution to University of Wisconsin-Platteville's curriculum.

Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates will be socially and environmentally literate and possess a broad-based knowledge of historic and contemporary social and environmental issues including the principles of dignity and protection of basic rights for both humans and the planet.
  • Graduates will be able to engage communities and embrace diversity world-wide through good communication and ethical behavior.
  • Graduates will embrace integrated thinking and possess analytical skills for problem solving, including being able to work well independently and cooperatively.
  • Graduates will be intellectually curious and value lifelong learning.

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