Spring 2018 Courses

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

course title professor description
AFAM 450: New Orleans in the American Imaginary Joseph Fischel & Crystal Feimster Exploration of historical and contemporary New Orleans through the city’s literature, scholarship, theater, music, and food. New Orleans as both outlier and representative case of United States neoliberal economic reforms, racialized policing, casino capitalism, and hedonism.  (Also WGSS468/HUMS460)
AMST 371: Food, Race, and Migration in U.S. Society Quan Tran Exploration of the relationship between food, race, and migration in historical and contemporary United States contexts. Organized thematically and anchored in selected case studies, this course is comparative in scope and draws from contemporary work in the fields of food studies, ethnic studies, migration studies, American studies, anthropology, and history.  (Also ER&M297)
CSYC 382: Approaches to Sustainable Food and Agriculture Mark Bomford Introduction to the global food system through critical analysis of four ideological and technical approaches to meeting the world’s food needs: organic farming, relocalization, vertical farming, and food sovereignty. Ways in which context, values, and networks shape the food system. Use of quantitative, social science, and humanities methodologies. Includes visits to Yale Farm sites.
ENGL 258: Writing About Food Barbara Stuart Writing about food within cultural contexts. Through reading essays written by the luminaries of the food world, students explore food narratives from many angles, including family meals, recipes, cookbooks, restaurant reviews, memoir, and film.
EVST 277: Environmental Science and Policy

Mark Bradford

The synthesis of science, both for scientists and for policy makers. Usefulness of the two types of synthesis for developing scientific research and policy. Advancement of complementary practices between science and policy arenas. Concepts and data from ecological and biogeochemical disciplines are used to predict and manage the effects of environmental change on ecosystem services that underlie the provisioning of resources such as food and clean water.
GMAN 201: The German History and Culture of Sustainability Marion Gehlker Exploration of the German environmental movement from the end of the 19th century to the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany to the post-war social movements from the 60s to the present. Topics include issues of sustainability in the context of the anti-nuclear, peace, and social justice movements; the formation of the Green Party; current criticism of industrial food production; bioethics; health; consumerism; the growth paradigm; and ecological justice. Investigation of positive alternatives.
AMST 163: American Environmental History Paul Sabin Ways in which people have shaped and been shaped by the changing environments of North America from precolonial times to the present. Migration of species and trade in commodities; the impact of technology, agriculture, and industry; the development of resources in the American West and overseas; the rise of modern conservation and environmental movements; the role of planning and impact of public policies. (Also HSHM204/HIST120/EVST120)
ARCG 362: Observing Earth from Space Ronald Smith A practical introduction to satellite image analysis of Earth’s surface. Topics include the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation, satellite-borne radiometers, data transmission and storage, computer image analysis, the merging of satellite imagery with GIS and applications to weather and climate, oceanography, surficial geology, ecology and epidemiology, forestry, agriculture, archaeology, and watershed management. (Also EVST362/EMD548/F&ES726/G&G362/G&G562/ARCG762)
CLCV 059: Rivers and Civilization Harvey Weiss The appearance of the earliest cities along the Nile and Euphrates in the fourth millennium B.C. Settlements along the rivers, the origins of agriculture, the production and extraction of agricultural surpluses, and the generation of class structures and political hierarchies. How and why these processes occurred along the banks of these rivers; consequent societal collapses and their relation to abrupt climate changes. (Also NELC026/EVST030/HIST020/ARCG031)
E&EB 145: Plants and People Linda Puth The interaction of plants and people throughout history explored from biological, historical, anthropological, and artistic perspectives. Basic botany; plants in the context of agriculture; plants as instruments of trade and societal change; plants as inspiration; plants in the environment. Includes field trips to the greenhouses at Yale Marsh Botanical Garden, the Yale Peabody Museum and Herbarium, the Yale Farm, and the Yale Art Gallery.
ECON 211: Economic Performance and Challenges in India Rakesh Mohan India’s transition from being one of the poorest countries in the world to having one of the fastest-growing economies. Economic reform processes, trade and policy implications, and changes within the agriculture, industry, and service sectors. (Also SAST278/GLBL211)