|Instructor Info:||Helen Scharber|
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|TA Info:||Sky Loth|
How does speculation on Wall Street affect wheat prices halfway across the globe? Why do most tomatoes taste so bad? Can organic farming methods feed the world? In this course, we'll use questions like these to guide our study of the economics, politics and environmental impacts of the modern industrial food system. In addition to studying and critiquing the existing system, we will spend significant time exploring more sustainable alternatives to mainstream methods of food production, distribution and consumption. Students will learn to apply economic theories studied in class to specific aspects of the food system and undertake an independent project on an alternative to mainstream food production.
By the end of the course, you will be equipped to
Throughout the course, you can expect
In the classroom, you will be expected to
Assignments will be designed to help you think critically and deeply about the issues and theories presented in the course. Please see the course schedule for major assignment due dates. Details about all assignments will be discussed in class.
Attendance is required, both for your benefit and that of the classroom community. If you do miss a class, please submit any assignments before class and consult a classmate to find out what you missed.
In general, late work will not be accepted and incomplete evaluations will not be given. This policy is for you (the world is full of deadlines) and for me (keeping track of late assignments takes up too much brain space).
Student evaluations will be based on your
In order to receive an evaluation, you must
If you are at risk of not meeting these conditions for an evaluation, I will give warning well before the end of the semester.
Required text: Patel, Raj. 2012. Stuffed & Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. 2nd ed. Brooklyn: Melville House.
The Patel book is available at the Hampshire bookstore; be sure to get the second edition. Most other readings will be made available on Moodle.
Academic honesty is expected. All Hampshire College students and faculty, whether at Hampshire or at other institutions, are bound by the ethics of academic integrity. The entire description and college policy can be found in Non Satis Non Scire at handbook.hampshire.edu under Academic Policies/Ethics of Scholarship. Plagiarism is the representation of someone else’s work as one’s own. Both deliberate and inadvertent misrepresentations of another’s work as your own are considered plagiarism and are serious breaches of academic honesty and integrity. All sources used or consulted in the process of writing papers, examinations, preparing oral presentations, course assignments, artistic productions, and so on, must be cited. Sources include material from books, journals or any other printed source, the work of other students, faculty, or staff, information from the Internet, software programs and other electronic material, designs and ideas.
Feel free to contact me to discuss matters related to class, the universe and everything. But please keep in mind that, like many of you, I often get more emails than I can reasonably respond to quickly. Do not assume that I will respond within 24 hours (though I often will), at nights or on weekends. Also, fair warning: I will be inclined to ignore requests for material that can be easily obtained elsewhere (e.g., what was covered during a missed class, my office hours, assignments, the number for Sibie's, etc.)
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