Course code:



IM - Introductory/Intermediate

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • HS - Human Studies

Typically offered:


This course explores possibilities for transformative change across food systems. It centers on the question: What does it take to ensure healthy, safe, affordable, culturally appropriate food for all people? The course critically examines capitalist food systems with particular attention to the ways constructs such as race, class, and gender, as well as politics and economics, shape our interactions with food. Through readings and exercises, we explore issues such as hunger, labor, worker safety, food apartheid, and environmental and community health. Throughout the course, we examine case studies of transformative food movements around the world, from the Zero Hunger programs in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, to La Via Campesina global campaign for agrarian reform. We focus particularly on movements for food justice, food sovereignty, agroecology, and other forms of collective action. By the end of the course, students will be able to analyze the root causes of food systems problems and articulate a theory of change for addressing a set of problems in a context of their choosing. Students are evaluated based on in-class participation, a series of reading responses, and a group project consisting of a theory of change paper and presentation.



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