The Politics and Culture of Food
ENVR POL 390-0 Sec. 26
TuTh 6:30 - 9pm, 6 weeks, EVAN, 6/19 - 7/26
In this course, we will take a humanities-based view of the challenges of poverty, obesity, and the burgeoning field of food culture. Each week, we will examine the politics and culture of food through lenses of both science and art. We will devote one week to each of economics, psychology/biology, anthropology, religion, public policy and literature. Through lecture, discussion, short and long papers, and student projects and presentations, this interdisciplinary course will provide both a survey and a focus on the challenges and future of food politics.
Readings may include: Apt Russell, Sharman, Hunger: An Unnatural History, Pollan, Michael, The Omnivore's Dilemma, Gopnik, Adam, The Table Comes First, Wansink, Brian, Mindless Eating, Carson, Rachel, Silent Spring, Brox, Jane, Clearing Land: Legacies of the American, Levi-Strauss, Claude, The Raw and the Cooked, Nabhan, Gary Where Our Food Comes From, Ozeki, Ruth, My Year of Meats, Kessler, Brad, Goat Song, Finkelstein, Eric,The Fattening of America, selected public policy papers, and papers on food deserts, and the "soda tax".
This course counts toward the Weinberg College social and behavioral sciences distribution requirement, Area III.