AAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
Section: 007 Urban in Farming Detroit
Term: WN 2014
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Class Misc Info:
This class meets at the U-M Detroit Center, 3663 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

Detroit has become world renowned as an innovator and leader in the rise of community gardening and urban agriculture. Beyond the negative and superficial portrayals of Detroit as bankrupt, we will learn about creative and imaginative forms of urban revitalization emerging from grassroots organizing and radical visioning. This class will meet in Detroit, providing an opportunity not only to learn about urban farming but also get hands-on experience working with and learning from urban farmers in the city.

  • First, we will study the historical context for urban agriculture through an analysis of southern African American migration, racial segregation, white flight, and the decline of industry in Detroit.
  • Second, we will discus how urban agriculture arose in conjunction with neighborhood community organizing, anti-racist activism, and movements for Black self-determination.
  • Third, we will explore how urban farmers promote the concepts of:
    1. food justice — to address race and class inequality within health and nutrition;
    2. food sovereignty — to stop the hijacking of global food production and distribution by multinational corporations; and
    3. and environmental justice — to restore sustainable methods of farming, maintain vibrant local economies, and combat sprawl, gentrification, and violence.
  • Finally, we will examine the debates and controversies surrounding projects to promote large-scale corporate farming, the rule of the emergency manager, and massive land transfers and redevelopment in Detroit.

Course Requirements:

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Class Format:

This class meets at the U-M Detroit Center, 3663 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

AAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
24612
Open
Wolv. Access
 
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MW 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: CAAS 358.001 meets with DANCE 348.001.
003 (SEM)
P
30329
Open
Wolv. Access
 
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
005 (SEM)
P
29155
Open
29
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
006 (SEM)
P
29158
Open
14
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
007 (SEM)
P
30274
Open
Wolv. Access
 
-
F 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: This class meets at the U-M Detroit Center, 3663 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
008 (SEM)
P
31338
Closed
Wolv. Access
 
-
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 1612191274
Stuffed and starved : the hidden battle for the world food systems, Author: Raj Patel., Publisher: Melville House 1st Melvil
Required
ISBN: 0520272595
The next American revolution : sustainable activism for the twenty-first century, Author: Grace Lee Boggs with Scott Kurashige ; foreword by Danny Glover., Publisher: University of California Press Updated an
Required
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