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: Alyshia Galvez

Section: A

CRN: 7936

Credits: 3

How can we situate rising rates of obesity and diabetes within an analysis of the structural contexts that shape food environments? This interdisciplinary course will examine food systems, policies, regulations and how they impact access to nutritional resources and health. Drawing on the ideas and activities of social movements (such as indigenous autonomy, environmental justice, anti-racist and Black Lives Matter, decolonization, and feminist) we will critically analyze food environments and the sociospatial distribution of nutritional resources. We conceptualize systems of food production and consumption in environmental terms (issues of sustainability, sovereignty, and self-determination) and examine how modes of food production and distribution are connected to larger inequalities. We will conduct original research to gain an understanding of these environmental and health effects and explore strategies to promote effective change in resource distribution. Students use various qualitative research methodologies (ethnography, mapping, etc) 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: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 22

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*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: 9:00am 1/19/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 615

Date Range: 8/29/2019 - 12/12/2019