2013-14 Catalog

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Offering Description

What we talk about when we talk about food

REVISED

Spring 2014 quarter

Faculty
Lori Blewett communication, social studies , Karen Hogan ecology, plant biology
Fields of Study
biology, communications, cultural studies, environmental studies, health and sustainability studies
Preparatory for studies or careers in
environmental and health sciences, communication and culture studies, sustainability and food policy studies
Description

This program explores biological, social, and political dimensions of food. We’ll consider the basic biological composition and processes of our bodies, and learn why some foods are necessary and others are bad for us. These biological questions will be studied in relation to cultural and political constructions of food including discourses of consumption, identity, and sustainability. We’ll explore some recent hot topics related to food, including diet and obesity, GMO food labeling, crop genetic diversity, and food sovereignty.  We’re especially interested in public rhetoric on these subjects – how scientific facts and ideas are represented and misrepresented in public debate, how food consumption and related social identities are influenced by media, and how food activism is challenging trends in corporate food production.  We’ll examine a variety of media sources, including journalism, online sources, and films.

 

Advertised Schedule
6-10p Wed, 9a-5p Sat
Schedule and Location
Spring
Location
Olympia
Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Books
Greener Store
Required Fees
$30 for food lab workshop
Offered During
Evening and Weekend

Program Revisions

Date Revision
February 21st, 2014 Fee has increased from $20 to $30.
December 16th, 2013 New course added Dec. 16, 2013.