Food, Farming, & Capitalism

Course Details

Faculty: Christopher London
Wednesday 4:00PM - 5:50PM
NINT 5427 CRN 7223

This course examines the intersections of states, humans and nature through the political ecologies of food and farming inside and outside of capitalism. Political Ecology is a field that draws on critical social theory, case study research and ecological science to examine the historical processes, both natural and social, through which relations between humans and environments are formed and sustained. The course is divided into four moments. “Foundations” introduces macro and micro approaches to conceptualizing the intertwining of humans and nature. “Global Structures” examines the emergence and structural effects of monocultural capitalist agriculture. “Agroecology as a Terrain of Struggle” delves into the socio-technical regimes of “modern” and “peasant” farming. Finally, “Transitions and Revolutions” debates the potential for an eco-social agricultural regime and what that could mean for humans and the planet. Student research is focused on building political ecological case studies in which you 1) identify an ecological problem, 2) develop an historical analysis of its causes, 3) describe the political struggles around it and 4) reflect on what the future holds and what you.

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Course Attributes: Liberal Arts, Open to Non Major with Restrictions

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    Development
    Governance and Rights

  • November 20, 2017