Devon G Pena
Interdisciplinary course concentrating on one or more aspects of the Chicano experience.
This graduate-style seminar will focus on the rise of slow food and food justice social movements in Mexico and the United States. The seminar will examine issues related to agroecology, sustainable and resilient agriculture, food security versus food sovereignty and related topics.
Student learning goals
Understanding the nature of agroecosystems and their relationship to hunger and food sovereignty.
Appreciating the role of Mexican labor in our global and local food systems.
Understanding food justice from the perspectives of environmental justice.
Attaining the ability to critique social science literature on food security and sustainable agriculture.
General method of instruction
Lecture and discussion; student presentations on readings.
Class assignments and grading
1. Presentation (lecture) on a critical reading of text(s). 2. Term paper (20-25 pages). 3. Regular attendance and participation. 4. Participation in on-line discussion group. 5. Participation in a group blog project. 6. Participation in an urban agriculture project (service learning).
1. Presentation (20 percent of final grade). 2. Term paper (50 percent). 3. Attendance and participation (bonus points). 4. On-line discussion (15 percent). 5. Blog (5 percent). 6. Service learning in urban agriculture project (10 percent).