S T S 430
Global Food Strategies: Problems and Prospects for Reducing World Hunger (3) Technological, social, and political solutions to providing basic food needs; food resources, population, and the environment; current issues.
S T S (NUTR) 430 Global Food Strategies: Problems and Prospects for Reducing World Hunger (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
Global Food Strategies examines opportunities for the world's poor to improve their health, nutrition, and physical environment by focusing on their own cultural strengths and organization, reassessing the opportunities within their environment, evaluating the appropriateness of new and old technologies, and gaining a renewed respect for their own abilities. Measures of appropriateness used throughout the course are ecological sustainability and cultural sensitivity. Approximately one third of the course focuses on the historical basis of underdevelopment up to and including the post-modern era. Topics include economic colonization, the industrialization of agriculture, the impacts of globalization, trade priorities and debt loads on the poor, population and ecological issues; and a critique of the economics of scarcity. The second two thirds focuses on micro-strategies for poverty alleviation. Topics include culturally-appropriate people centered development women's empowerment needs including microlending (small loans), the prospects and rationales for biological agriculture vs. industrialized agriculture, successful models of health and population control, the impact of American consumerism, and ecological footprint analysis. The goals of the course are to 1) awaken the student's interest in hunger and poverty issues and the cultural dimensions of poverty, 2) acquaint the student with viable and sustainable strategies for hunger and poverty alleviation for the very poor, and 3) enable the student to understand enough about globalism that he/she can critically analyze and evaluate international affairs articles in national newspapers. The classes integrate lecture information with films that help with the visualization of poverty problems and prospects, readings, current events, and small group discussion around issues and case studies. Readings are drawn from development classics and from a wide range of recent literature on poverty and change. Evaluation includes student responses to three essay tests posed by the instructor over the semester, and journal keeping. The class project is designed to promote citizenship/leadership skills. Students will make a contract to perform a particular citizen action relating to hunger and poverty alleviation, which they will describe in an oral report and written format. Participation is evaluated.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.