Food Environments, Health, and Social Justice

Schools of Public Engagement: Food Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Food Environments and Health

Fall 2019

Taught By:

Section: A

CRN: 3873

Credits: 3

With obesity and diabetes rising at alarming rates, an interdisciplinary academic field has emerged to rethink the role of the environment in shaping our food use patterns and health. In this class, our approach is framed by the ideas and activities of the environmental justice movement, which guide a critical reading of the literature on food environments and the sociospatial distribution of nutritional resources. We conceptualize systems of food production and consumption in environmental terms, such as food deserts and platescapes, and examine how modes of food production and distribution are connected to the nutritional landscapes of cities. We consider research methods to gain an understanding of these environments and health effects and explore strategies to promote effective change in resource distribution. Students use Internet-based mapping tools to conduct field research on their own food environments. Written assignments include responses to major themes in the literature, reviews of relevant films, and letters to policymakers.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Food Studies (NFDS)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:57am 3/24/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: TBD

Times: 12:00am - 12:00am

Building: Online Course

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/15/2019