Geographies of Sustainable Agriculture
Seoul, South Korea
Area of Study
Applied Behavioral Science, Behavioral Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Sustainability, Global Health, Sociology
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0
Hours & Credits
This course will provide students with an introduction to the workings of the global food system, with particular emphasis on issues of food security and environmental sustainability. The course will connect the food on our plates to the urgent global issues of climate change, hunger, and water scarcity, and place today’s global food system in the historical context of the colonial systems from which it emerged. It will then examine the potential of new approaches to soil-building agriculture to promote food security and resilience in a changing climate, and examine visions for an equitable, sustainable agriculture for the twenty-first century.
(1) Students will develop a framework for engaging in critical analysis of contemporary social issues from a geographical perspective.
(2) Students will become conversant with current debates surrounding the human and environmental impact of industrial agriculture, particularly with regard to issues of food security, water scarcity, and climate change. Students will be able to situate these debates within the context of broader discussions surrounding the nature and effects of “globalization.”
(3) By the end of the course, students will demonstrate their ability to “think geographically” by presenting the results of their own independent investigation into one of the issues examined over the course of the semester
(4) Students will develop their abilities to engage in critical thinking and effective communication.