Political Ecologies of Food, Farming, and Capitalism

Schools of Public Engagement: International Affairs

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Food, Farming, and Capitalism

Spring 2019

Taught By: Christopher London

Section: A

CRN: 5704

Credits: 3

Political Ecologies of Food, Farming and Capitalism examines the intersections of states, humans and nature through the political ecologies of food and farming inside and outside of capitalism. It is “ecologies” because an underlying premise is that there is no singular ecology, rather there are innumerable ecological processes within which we’re enmeshed and with which we must contend if we are to address the environmental challenges that confront us. Of particular interest is the confrontation of capitalist (agri)cultures with agroecological practices. This will necessarily include examination of cultural frames, aesthetics, technological regimes, and nonhuman life. Course readings deploy critical social theory, case studies and ecological science to examine the historical processes, both natural and social, through which relations within and between humans and environments are formed and sustained. The primary goal of this course is for students to become versed in the central concepts of political ecology, agricultural development and agroecological design so that they may become better analysts and practitioners in the fields of policy analysis, development planning, community design practice, and advocacy campaigns. Through the sustained application of rigorous theory and creative design to specific cases the expectation is that students will be prepared to work across the theory/practice divide within specific situations.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: International Affairs (NINT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 15

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: 4:38pm 6/18/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1200B

Date Range: 1/24/2019 - 5/9/2019