Course code:



IM - Introductory/Intermediate

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • HS - Human Studies

Lab fee:


This course centers on the questions: How do we provide equal access to healthy, safe, and affordable food for all people? What does sustainability and social justice look like in the context of food? Through the lens of food justice, this course explores possibilities for transformative change throughout local and global food systems. The first part of the course critically examines contemporary food systems—including food production, distribution, and consumption — with particular attention to the ways culture and politics shape our interactions with food. Through readings and films we explore issues such as worker safety, food security and access, contested agricultural and land use policies, food sovereignty, and consumer and community health. The second part of the course examines case studies of transformative food movements from around the world, from Growing Power in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to La Via Campesina global campaign for agrarian reform. The final third of the course focuses on transformative work in Maine and at COA. Students take multiple field trips to participate in local food movements inaction, and to learn about these movements’ philosophies, objectives, and activities. Students are evaluated based on participation in class discussions and field trips, a series of brief reflection papers, and a final class project on a local “transformative food” project of their choice. 



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