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SISU-350 Topics in Env Sustain/Glb Hlth Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Environmental Sustainability and Global Health (3) Topics vary by section. Rotating topics including human geography, politics of population, international environmental politics, health in the developing world, and health communication. Repeatable for credit with different topic. Grading: A-F only. Prerequisite: SISU-206 and SISU-250.

Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Int'l Food & Agricultural Pol
As a part of this course, students will engage with a nonprofit agency or school in the D.C. area to apply their course knowledge to this course. International Food and Agricultural Politics (3) This course analyzes key international food and agricultural policies by contextualizing them, with the guiding intention to provide a forum wherein students learn from and contribute to the work underway in cultivating more socially just and ecologically sustainable agri-food systems, in the United States and abroad. The course begins with historical and geographical contexts, such as colonialism to slavery, of agriculture and agricultural policy in the Americas. The class then studies policies and political theories related to the pressing issues at stake in agriculture, be they ecological (soil and biodiversity erosion, water pollution and carbon emissions) or socio-economic (hunger, labor, health, agrarian livelihood). Finally, the course ends by engaging proposed resolutions to these issues from reforms to revolutions to regenerations. By employing a post-colonial perspective, the course provides in-depth context on dominant, oversimplified policy tropes such as climate-smart agriculture, farm subsidies, and feeding the world. Key questions examined include what constitutes sustainable agriculture or agroecology; what constitutes community food security, food justice, and food sovereignty; how these lofty goals are contested and negotiated through political debate and whether they can be facilitated through policy.