Teaching Materials
Welcome to the GreenCriminology.org database of Teaching Materials. This page contains curriculum, syllabuses, class activities, recommended books, and other materials for teaching. These materials are mainly targeted towards College/University level study, though not exclusively.

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1.Seminar: Environmental Crime, Law and Justice: A Green Approach to Criminology

by Dr.Michael J. Lynch, University of South Florida,

This course is designed as a seminar in green criminology that examines several issues related to green crime, their appearance and distribution in society, the content of environmental law in the US, data on environmental violations in the US, and issues related to environmental justice using case study methods. The sections of the course on the law and data are professor driven, meaning that they require lecturing on those topics. Many of the other topics in the course can be explored in more traditional seminar style, involving greater student input.
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2.Seminar: Environmental Crime

by Kimberly L. Barrett, University of South Florida,

In spite of the serious cost and frequency of environmental crime, studies of crimes against the
environment remain underrepresented in criminology when compared to studies of interpersonal street crime. This course seeks to bring attention to this important area of criminology by introducing to students the scope and prevalence of environmental harms and crimes in the United States, environmental law and regulation, and issues in environmental justice. In doing so, course content will expose students to information on: rates of environmental harms, environmental databases, special topics like global warming, exposure to toxins and deviance, and distribution of environmental hazard sites relative to race, class, and ethnicity.
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3.Green Criminology (Two versions available for graduates and undergraduates)

by Michael J. Lynch, University of South Florida,

The first work on green criminology was published in 1990 (Lynch, 1990) – or 23 years ago. Follow up work on that topic was presented in Frank and Lynch’s (1992) book, Corporate Crime, Corporate Violence. But it was no until 1998 with the publication of a special issue on Green Criminology by Piers Beirne and Nigel South that interest in Green Criminology began to spread more widely. Thus, in broader terms, green criminology has only been more widely recognized for the past 15 years.

Green criminology is a relatively recent area of specialization within criminology. This course will examine some of the issues green criminologists examine, the importance of those issues, why they are worthwhile studying from a criminological perspective, and how they are studied. Some of the material we will read will not be written by criminologists – that is because some of the issues relevant to green criminology have a basis in other disciplines, and those works are worth reading to support the kind of work green criminologists do.

The core idea behind green criminology is that human harm the environment – by which green criminologists mean the whole ecosystem (Gaia, or the living planet earth), components of the ecosystem (e.g., air, land, water, forests), and species that inhabit ecosystems is serious ways. Some of those harms are defined as crimes under law, while a significant volume of that harm has yet to be defined as illegal. There is debate over which behaviors ought to be illegal, examinations of specific green harms, and studies of the failure of legal systems to enforce environmental regulations.

One of the purposes of this class is to expose you to a wide range of crime that criminologists ordinarily fail to examine. Thus, the works you will read and discuss are not written by criminologists. Topic include crime against animals, forests, and water, the ways in which these crimes can be addressed, and the efforts of socially responsible actors to remedy these problems.
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4.Green Criminology (Graduate)

by Dr. Avi Brisman, Eastern Kentucky University,

Green criminology refers to the study of those crimes and harms affecting the natural environment, the planet, and the associated impacts on human and non-human life. It spans the micro to the macro, from individual-level environmental crimes to business/corporate violations to state transgressions. As a harm-based discourse, it includes not just violations of the law, but also individual and institutional, socially-accepted activities, behaviors, and practices (such as human domination of animals in agribusiness, slaughterhouses, and sports).

This course is intended to introduce students to the historical and theoretical development of green criminology, including its recent permutations and strands (e.g., “conservation criminology,” “eco-global criminology,” “green cultural criminology). Students will learn to identify, analyze, and assess the causes and consequences of environmental crime (and “green harms,” more generally), and the course will devote significant attention to the ways in which environmental crimes and harms are depicted and represented in the mass media. Finally, this course will help students to develop an understanding of the ways in which environmental crime is addressed through the criminal justice system, how it is resisted and contested by individual and group actors, and how it might (continue to) be avoided, prevented, or otherwise reduced.

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