Course

STRUCTURE OF THE CONTENTS BELOW

Following the brief overview, this section of the web site will include a learning module for each week of the class. The weekly modules each include readings, learning objectives, videos links and other resources. Also in this "food justice syllabus" section of the web site you will find other study and project support modules.

“Food Justice,” as defined by Gottlieb and Joshi (2010), “seeks to ensure that the benefits and risks of where, what, and how food is grown, produced, transported, distributed, accessed and eaten are shared fairly.”

Examine food justice from diverse theoretical, applied and ethical perspectives (e.g., race, ethnicity, class, culture, equity, law, economy, ecology, sovereignty, globesity and wellbeing). Analyze food justice organizations/movements struggling to create healthy and sustainable food systems locally, bioregionally and globally.

This course includes lectures and discussions coupled with experiential learning gained through fieldwork (e.g., interviews, community garden and food forest site visits). Equal weight is placed on theoretical, applied and ethical perspectives. The course examines how race, class, culture, landscape ecology, social movements and communication factor into the sustainability, resilience and security of city-region food systems.  Race and class inequalities have given rise to food deserts in disadvantaged urban neighborhoods. Food deserts are areas within cities where underserved communities lack local access to healthy food. The course evaluates the prospects of local, place-based food justice movements (e.g., activism to eliminate food disparities) in the context of global modernity’s increasingly stressed urban-rural, economy-ecology, and science-society interdependencies.

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