Fall 2023 - REM 357 D100
Planning for Sustainable Food Systems (3)
Class Number: 5404
Delivery Method: In Person
Provides students with the tools to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the current food system and will encourage them to critically analyze diverse solutions from both the global South and global North to build a more sustainable food system. Students will work collaboratively with the instructor to examine diverse and interdisciplinary approaches to food sustainability and strengthen their problem-solving skills. Students who have taken REM 363-3 "Special Topics" in Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 may not enroll in this course for further credit.
We eat three times a day yet most of us are unaware of where our food comes from, how our food is grown, and who grows them. When we do eat or purchase food, the environmental, social, and economic impacts are often hard to grasp. This course will provide students with the tools to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the current food system and will encourage them to critically analyze diverse solutions. Students will work collaboratively with the instructor to examine diverse and interdisciplinary approaches to food sustainability and strengthen their problem-solving skills. Issues such as Indigenous food sovereignty, food waste, food insecurity, sustainable agriculture, food system planning, food justice, and spiritual/cultural traditions around food will be explored and analyzed. We will explore key theories and frameworks to “break siloes” and apply systems thinking to achieve an equitable, resilient, and sustainable food system.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
After completing REM 357, students will be able to:
- develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the social, economic, and environmental factors that shape the global food system.
- critically examine policies and solutions with a view to better address food-related problems from a systemic lens.
- identify and analyze key concepts and seminal debates in the field of food studies generally and food system planning particularly
- Lectures and Tutorials 10%
- Written Assignments and Quiz 90%
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
Required readings will consist of online (electronic) readings all of which will be uploaded and available on canvas.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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