Block B: June 4 – June 16

Core class times: 10am – 3:30pm

PLAP 3160/GSVS 3160: Politics of Food

– 3 credits

Paul Freedman, Department of Politics

How and what we eat is basic to who we are as individuals, as a culture, and as a polity. This course looks at the production and consumption of food in a political context. Food politics and policies have critical implications for the environment, for public health, for political equality, and for budget priorities. This course looks at food politics through a series of “food fights.” We will examine controversies over agricultural subsidies, labeling requirements, taxation, farming practices, food safety, advertising and education. In doing so, we will explore some of the most important features of American democracy, including legislative politics, regulation, interest group activity, federalism, public opinion, political communication, and representation. Ultimately we will examine the ways in which the politics of food represents both a reflection and a distortion of fundamental democratic principles.

Sample Syllabus

ARTH 3559/GSVS 3559/ARH 3500: East Asian Art, Landscape, and Ecology

– 3 credits

Dorothy Wong, Department of East Asian Studies

This course introduces the concepts on nature in East Asian traditions—Daoism, Shinto, Buddhism, Confucianism, their impacts on the relationship between human and their natural environment, and the art forms in which the theme of nature predominates, from landscape paintings to religious and garden architecture. It also explores how these ideas can contribute to the modern discourse on environmental ethics and sustainability.

Sample syllabus coming soon!