This course will examine childhood environmental health issues from both a scientific and a policy perspective. We will start by building a framework for understanding ways that children’s environmental health needs differ from those of adults. We will then analyze trends within our food system that affect children’s health, including the health impact of pesticides, the Farm Bill’s effect on access to healthy foods, employment policies for child farm workers, and the role of marketing on consumption patterns. Students will be able to explain how both chemical exposures (i.e. air pollution, heavy metals, and endocrine disrupting chemicals) and social trends (i.e. growing use of technology) influence children’s developing bodies and minds, and how outdoor play and a well-designed built environment can ameliorate some environmental stresses. Finally, students will work with community partners on projects serving children, on topics related to environmental health education, healthcare, nutrition, or toxins.
Social Science (SS)
One environmental course, sophomore standing.