AbstractThis course is designed to introduce students to the sociology of food and agriculture in the U.S. We will consider the dominant trends in U.S. agriculture; some of the emerging alternatives, politics, and responses to these trends; and the social, economic, and health impacts of different types of agrifood practices.
The central question we...
- Subject Area(s):
- Environmental Sociology
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- Class Level(s):
- College 400
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Learning Goals and Assessments
- Describe major trends in U.S. agriculture from a sociological perspective
- Evaluate the ability of alternative agrifood movements (such as organic agriculture and the local food movement) to challenge major trends in U.S. agriculture
- Identify and evaluate the community impacts of different types of agrifood practices
- Weekly written reflections over the readings help students to more deeply engage with the material and draw richer understandings.
- Mini-project activities push students to develop hands-on experiences with various aspects of the food system.
- The commodity analysis assignment allows students to consider various dimensions of our food supply as well as how easy or difficult accessing information is about that food supply.