ENVIRON 305 - Interdisciplinary Environmental Topics
Section: 003 Food Literacy for All
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: SNE Program in the Environment
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May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Concurrent food, energy, water, climate, and biodiversity crises, and a global rise in obesity amidst widespread hunger and undernutrition have focused public attention on the deficiencies and complexities of the global food system. Yet, a diversity of emerging ‘alternative’ food systems demonstrates their potential to be nutritionally productive and socially and environmentally sound. Transforming food systems will require coordinated efforts across disciplines and scales, drawing upon diverse academic and practical perspectives, and understanding how value systems shape food and agriculture. Linking theory and practice is essential, involving the full range of actors moving food from farm to fork.

This course offers a unique opportunity for students to gain an interdisciplinary introduction to the food system through a weekly lecture series bringing high-profile speakers to campus from policy, academia, and grassroots movements. Designed as an academic-community partnership, the course is led by a U-M faculty member (Badgley) along with a leader in food justice in Detroit (Yakini) and the manager of the U-M Sustainable Food Systems Initiative (Shapiro). Students will develop competencies in food-systems sustainability, including systems thinking, community engagement, creativity, and analytical abilities.

An optional seminar (RC Core 334.001/Environ 465) will involve weekly discussions and further analysis of each week’s topic and presentation. Only students enrolled in Environ 305/EAS 639.038 can enroll in the seminar course.

Course Requirements:

Students will write regular reaction postings in response to the lectures and several short essay assignments over the term. Each student is required to participate in one of several Detroit-based events over the term in order to learn from perspectives and experiences of the Detroit community partners. Students will be evaluated based on attendance, participation, and writing assignments.

Intended Audience:

This course is open to students of any level (freshman through graduate student) who are interested in learning how to tackle the important issues surrounding our food system.

ENVIRON 305 - Interdisciplinary Environmental Topics
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001 (LAB)
F 9:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (LEC)
Tu 6:30PM - 8:00PM
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