NRE 501 - Grad Experimental
Section: 038 Foundations of Sustainable Food Systems
Term: FA 2014
Subject: Natural Resources and Environment (NRE)
Department: School of Natural Resources and Environment
Credits:
3 (Non-LSA credit).
Waitlist Capacity:
10
Other Course Info:
(non-LSA).
Repeatability:
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Instructor:
Instructor:

Some scholars argue that we have entered a new geological epoch—the “anthropocene”—characterized by unprecedented human alteration of global processes. This fast-paced global change both affects and is affected by agriculture. Concurrent food, energy, water, and climate crises, and a global rise in obesity amidst widespread hunger and undernutrition, have re-focused public attention on the deficiencies and complexities of the global food system. The dominant industrial food system has increasingly well-documented social, ecological, and health-related costs. Yet, a diversity of ‘alternative’ food systems demonstrates that agriculture can be resource conserving, equitable, and health promoting. Increasing food system sustainability requires interdisciplinarity along multiple dimensions: reconnecting agriculture with ecological systems, reshaping food production systems to be more nutrition-sensitive, and ensuring that policies and institutions that impact the food system safeguard social equity and the environment. Linking theory and practice is also essential, involving the diverse range of actors moving food from farm to fork.

It is, therefore, not surprising that demand is growing for interdisciplinary scholars who are equipped to analyze and address the complex challenges of sustainable food production and global food and nutrition security. This course will offer a unique opportunity for students to gain interdisciplinary knowledge of food systems and to integrate theory and practice through experiential learning and dialogue-based inquiry both on campus and in the community. Interdisciplinary research and education require bridging worldviews and recognizing the values implicit in different disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. This course will incorporate multiple perspectives, from the local to the global level, and an understanding of how those perspectives are underpinned by different epistemologies and value systems. That is, this course aims to directly engage with values, exploring how they shape food systems. Benefitting from collaborative interdisciplinary instruction that draws on the expertise of three professors from three different departments at the University of Michigan, students will develop competencies and cognitive skills in the area of food system sustainability including critical and systems thinking, creativity and analytical ability.

NRE 501 - Grad Experimental
Schedule Listing
007 (LEC)
P
28643
Open
9
 
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M 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Note: Sustainable Aquaculture 2CR
022 (SEM)
P
30455
Closed
0
 
-
MF 1:00PM - 4:00PM
W 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: Urban Design This course meets during the 1st 7 week session of the Fall term.
031 (SEM)
P
30493
Open
10
14Graduate Standing
-
Tu 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Note: Urban Agriculture 2CR Undegraduate students need permission of the instructor in order to enroll.
037 (LEC)
P
24982
Closed
0
8Graduate Standing
2
M 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Urban Sustainability This course will have at least 3 field trips to Detroit. 3CR
038 (LEC)
P
29231
Closed
Wolv. Access
 
2
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Foundations of Sustainable Food Systems 3CR
040 (LEC)
P
24649
Open
5
3Graduate Standing
-
Th 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Note: Urban Stormwater 3CR
055 (SEM)
P
22410
Open
2
 
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Tu 2:30PM - 5:30PM
Note: Food Systems: Implications of Unequal Access 4CR There are mandatory field trips in this course.
056 (LEC)
P
33552
Open
10
 
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F 9:00AM - 12:00PM
089 (SEM)
P
23688
Open
4
3Graduate Standing
-
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Justice Issues in Conservation and Sustainabilty 3CR Additional seats will open on June 2nd.
114 (LEC)
P
33553
Open
5
 
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TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
Note: Prereq: NRE 509 or test-out exam (maybe taken concurrently) Landscape Ecology 2CR
888 (LEC)
P
25827
Closed
0
 
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MW 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Note: This class meets in 1040 Dana.
999 (LEC)
P
25828
Open
12
 
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MW 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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