Fall 2018 Courses

The following undergraduate courses in food and agriculture will be offered this Fall 2018 semester. Graduate-level courses may also be of interest.

course title professor description
ANTH 244: Modern Southeast Asia Eve Zucker Introduction to the peoples and cultures of Southeast Asia, with special emphasis on the challenges of modernization, development, and globalization. Southeast Asian history, literature, arts, belief systems, agriculture, industrialization and urbanization, politics, ecological challenges, and economic change.
ARCG 226: Global Environmental History Harvey Weiss The dynamic relationship between environmental and social forces from the Pleistocene glaciations to the Anthropocene present. Pleistocene extinctions; transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture; origins of cities, states, and civilization; adaptations and collapses of Old and New World civilizations in the face of climate disasters; the destruction and reconstruction of the New World by the Old (Also EVST 226/F&ES 873/NELC 268).
ARCG 399: Agriculture: Origins, Evolutions, Crises  Harvey Weiss Analysis of the societal and environmental drivers and effects of plant and animal domestication, the intensification of agroproduction, and the crises of agroproduction: land degradation, societal collapses, sociopolitical transformation, sustainability, and biodiversity (Also ANTH 478/EVST 399/F&ES 774/NELC 399).
CSTC 390: Good Eats: The Class Amy Goodfriend This seminar is a hands-on molecular gastronomical experimental experience, centered on the design and production of engineered food products. Using an engineering approach, students characterize commercially available products such as ranch dressing and hot fudge sauce and in turn engineer products to compete on the market. Students gain an understanding of food engineering and the impact it has on food and food systems.
E&EB 115: Conservation Biology Linda Puth An introduction to ecological and evolutionary principles underpinning efforts to conserve Earth’s biodiversity. Efforts to halt the rapid increase in disappearance of both plants and animals. Discussion of sociological and economic issues (Also E&EB 515/F&ES 315).
ENGL 114: The Real World of Food 

Barbara Stuart

Instruction in writing well-reasoned analyses and academic arguments, with emphasis on the importance of reading, research, and revision. Using examples of nonfiction prose from a variety of academic disciplines, individual sections focus on topics such as the city, childhood, globalization, inequality, food culture, sports, and war. 
ER&M 439: Fruits of Empire  Gary Okihiro Readings, discussions, and research on imperialism and “green gold” and their consequences for the imperial powers and their colonies and neo-colonies. Spatially conceived as a world-system that enmeshes the planet and as earth’s latitudes that divide the temperate from the tropical zones, imperialism as discourse and material relations is this seminar’s focus together with its implantations—an empire of plants. Vast plantations of sugar, cotton, tea, coffee, bananas, and pineapples occupy land cultivated by native and migrant workers, and their fruits move from the tropical to the temperate zones, impoverishing the periphery while profiting the core. Fruits of Empire, thus, implicates power and the social formation of race, gender, sexuality, class, and nation (Also AMST 439).
EVST 020: Sustainable Development in Haiti Gordon Geballe The principles and practice of sustainable development explored in the context of Haiti’s rich history and culture, as well as its current environmental and economic impoverishment (Also F&ES 020). 
EVST 234L: Field Science: Environment and Sustainability  L. Kealoha Freidenburg A field course that explores the effects of human influences on the environment. Analysis of pattern and process in forested ecosystems; introduction to the principles of agroecology, including visits to local farms; evaluation of sustainability within an urban environment. Weekly field trips and one weekend field trip.
EVST 244: Coastal Environments in a Changing World  Mary Beth Decker The effects of human action and natural phenomena on coastal marine ecosystems. Methods used by coastal scientists to address environmental issues; challenges associated with managing and conserving coastal environments.
EVST 292: Sustinability in the Twenty-First Century Daniel Esty Sustainability as a guiding concept for addressing twenty-first century tensions between economic, environmental, and social progress. Using a cross-disciplinary set of materials from the “sustainability canon,” students explore the interlocking challenges of providing abundant energy, reducing pollution, addressing climate change, conserving natural resources, and mitigating the other impacts of economic development (Also GLBL 217/PLSC 149).
PLSC 420: Rivers: Nature and Politics  James Scott  The natural history of rivers and river systems and the politics surrounding the efforts of states to manage and engineer them (Also EVST 424/ANTH 406).