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Great Spring Course, Sociology of Agriculture and Food Systems (no pre reqs)

SOCY 4131-010: Advanced Topics in Sociology: Sociology of Agriculture and Food Systems

Note: Any students who do not meet the prerequisites but who are interested in the course should send an email to Professor Harrison at jill.harrison@colorado.edu.  Open to non-SOCY majors.

SOCY 4131-010: Advanced Topics in Sociology: Sociology of Agriculture and Food Systems

Lecture: T/Th 9:30-10:20am

220 Education

Professor Jill Harrison

Description: In this course, we will break open the black box of the agrifood system to learn about the food we eat, where it came from, whose efforts went in to producing it, what the major problems are, and what people are trying to do to make food systems more socially just and environmentally sustainable. In the first half of the course, we will examine the major institutional and cultural forces that shape the ways food is produced, distributed, consumed, and represented. In the second half of the course, we will critically reflect on some of the recent grassroots efforts to address the primary problems identified in the first half of the course, focusing on farm labor unions, farmer cooperatives, organic food labeling, fair trade, local food, and diet reform. Four recent books, a collection of foundational articles, and several recent films will serve as the basis for interrogating the struggles, accomplishments, and limitations of different efforts to address social and ecological problems in agriculture and to drive it in a more sustainable and/or socially just direction. Prerequisites: Junior/senior status, and SOCY 1001. Open to SOCY majors. NOTE: Other students may enroll with instructor permission.

Feel free to contact Professor Jill Harrison with any questions you may have about this course and/or prereqs: jill.harrison@colorado.edu.

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