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Berkeley in the Global Food System

This course listing applies to a Spring 2012 course. To find current courses, check out the Find a Course page.

Spring 2012
ESPM 98/198
2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

The course will analyze the social, economic, and environmental areas related to food and agriculture systems and explore contemporary issues and potential solutions to these problems. This theme will be a common thread bringing together the various components of this class that range from farm to fork.

Class meetings include film, field trip(s), discussion, and guest lectures by professors, experts, and leaders active in food security projects, urban agriculture, policy, business, and research. Each class has a particular topic focus which will be addressed in the reading discussion and guest presentations/lessons.

At the end of the course, students should 1) understand the various steps and stakeholders in each phase of food systems--from production and processing to distribution, consumption, and waste; 2) use knowledge gained in readings and lectures to think critically about the prospects, challenges, and benefits of alternative food system models and initiatives; 3) be familiar with terms like food security, food justice, and Urban Agriculture, and the class and ecological dimensions of food, 4) be familiar with student, policy and non-profit initiatives around the Bay and how to get involved.

Course is graded on a P/NP basis for 2 units. A passing grade is earned with good attendance, class participation, education project, and the final reflection paper.


Attendance and Participation: 40%

Education Group Project: 20%

Community Hours: 20%

Final Reflection Paper (2-3 pages double spaced): 20%

This course is facilitated by Mickey Davis, Celeste Peifer, and Brooke angel.



How to Enroll:

Course Control Numbers will be distributed on the first day of class, 1/26/2012.

Course Contact: decal AT


Faculty Sponsor: Professor Matthew Potts

Time & Location:

Section 1Brooke Angel
303 EvansTh 6p-8p1/26started

Uploaded Files:

Syllabus: BerkeleyintheGlobalFoodSystemSyllabus.docJan 2617kbWord Doc (Viewer)View Download

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