Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type


Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Educational Studies Department, Environmental Studies Program

First Advisor

Joseph Derrick Nelson

Second Advisor

Peter J. Collings


Just as environmental justice challenges dominant notions of "environment" that cannot account for connections between social and natural processes, earth systems science pursues connections between science and society, challenging a dominant discourse which asserts that both can be fully understood without the other. Grounding "environment" and "science" as socially situated concepts helps to foreground, in turn, the ways that race structures exposure to risk and the exercise of citizenship both nationally and globally. My thesis draws on these discourses while focusing on youth as citizens and civic participation through the creation of an elementary school science curriculum.