Fall 2019 - GEOG 385 D100

Food and the City (4)

Class Number: 4333

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    HCC 1425, Vancouver

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 14, 2019
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    HCC 1800, Vancouver

  • Instructor:

    Christiana Miewald
    Office: TBD
    Office Hours: TBD
  • Prerequisites:

    At least 45 units, including GEOG 100 or REM 100.



An exploration of how food is related to cities, giving particular attention to the culture and politics of food production, distribution, and consumption.


This course will explore the ways in which food is embedded within the geography of cities through the lens of specific urban foodscapes.  Topics will include: how race, ethnicity and gender influence people’s relationships to food production and consumption, issues of food access and politics in low-income or otherwise marginalized populations; and how food policies and practices are reshaping cities.  Students will engage with these issues through academic and popular readings, videos, and site visits. 

Mandatory Fees:  $16.56 fieldtrip free  

Your mandatory supplementary course fee covers costs associated with a class Foodscape Tour of Chinatown. Be aware that during the field trip there may be periods of crossing roads with busy traffic. Appropriate clothing and foot wear must be worn. Further details regarding safety will be discussed prior to the field trip. Students must at all times remain compliant with all student responsibilities, regulations, and policies as outlined in the current Academic Calendar, as well as relevant regulations and policies as outlined in the SFU Policy Gazette. This includes, but is not limited to, expected student conduct and the maintenance of appropriate medical insurance coverage.

Tutorials will not be held the first week of class


  • • Quizzes (4 x 5%) 20%
  • • Tutorial Participation 15%
  • • Book Review 25%
  • • Foodscape Project 40%



Required Texts: (Only one of these will be required) 

Ableman, M. (2016). Street farm: Growing food, jobs, and hope on the urban frontier. Chelsea Green Publishing.  

Reynolds, K., & Cohen, N. (2016). Beyond the kale: Urban agriculture and social justice activism in New York City (Vol. 28). University of Georgia Press.  

Reese, A. M. (2019). Black Food Geographies: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press.

A package of additional required readings will be made available to students on the SFU library website.

Registrar Notes:

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