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Re-envisioning Food Systems.

Fall 2018:
Tuesday & Thursday, 1:30pm – 2:45pm, Ross Blakely Hall, Rm 171

  • What is food?
  • How is food a system?
  • Why do you eat what you eat?
  • How much choice of food do you have?
  • What do food systems challenges have to do with culture? with values?

This course reflects on challenges in the current food system, both locally and globally, and seek solutions to them.

Challenges include nutritional deficits, unjust labor practices, the overuse of natural resources, and threats to the earth’s biodiversity. Faculty and students will work together in teams to research and analyze today’s food system from interdisciplinary perspectives, with an emphasis on the humanities, which encourage reflection about the history of food production, the meaning of food in people’s lives, the values embedded in food choices, and other relationships between food and the environment, human identities, traditions, and cultures. This Lab course will culminate in the development of new ideas and solutions to the food system’s problems. Those ideas and solutions will be shared with the public at the end of the semester.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and analyze the elments of a food system
  • Analyze different contemporary food systems both in the U.S. and internationally
  • Describe and compare the histories of contemporary food systems
  • Analyze the values underlying different food systems
  • Identify foundational questions in the humanistic study of food
  • Learn collaborative research skills in the creation of a video or visual essay
  • Learn to integrate visual and textual sources in research
  • Design a possible solution to the challenge facing the local food system by cooperating with at least one community group outside of the university.

Student Documentaries

Students were tasked with identifying food challenges in their local food systems, particularly on campus or in their communities. These documentary videos are the culmination of that inquiry-process, created to share what they have learned with the public. The students conceived, wrote, directed, filmed, and edited these documentaries with support from their instructors, ASU librarians, and the School of International Letters and Cultures video studio. The documentaries were presented at a public forum on Nov. 29, 2018 to encourage dialogue about food systems within the community.

Re-envisioning Food Systems Course Sections

Fall 2018: Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30pm – 2:45pm Ross Blakely Hall, Room 171
  • Humanities Lab HUL 494
  • Philosophy PHI 494
  • School of International Letters and Culture SLC 494
  • School of Sustainability* SOS 494
  • This course can also count for the School of Sustainability’s capstone requirement. Let your advisor know if you are interested.
Sign up today! *SOS prerequisites can be waived. Talk to your advisor today!

Instructional Team

Faculty: Joan McGregor Philosophy Re-envisioning Food Systems Fall 2018
Faculty: Juliann Vitullo Italian School of International Letters and Cultures Re-envisioning Food Systems Fall 2018
Librarian: Christopher Mehrens Music Librarian School of Music, Dance and Theatre Re-envisioning Food Systems Fall 2018
Librarian: Mimmo Bonanni Associate Liaison Librarian Social Science Division Re-envisioning Food Systems Fall 2018