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Karen T Litfin
POL S 527
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in International Relations Research

Examination of current topics in the theory and practice of world politics. Content varies according to recent developments in the field and research interests of the instructor.

Class description

Topic: Globalization, Environment and the World Food System Description: We will study the intersection of economic and environmental globalization through the vantage point of the world food system. Special emphasis will be given to global economic disparities, sources of world hunger, environmental justice, commodity supply chains, international agricultural institutions, the social and environmental consequences of meat, the organic food movement, and the political controversies surrounding genetically modified food.

Student learning goals

Integrative thinking, especially connecting natural and human systems.

Improved writing skills

Detailed knowledge of the political ecology of at least one agricultural commodity.

Oral communication skills

Collaborative learning (small group work)

General method of instruction

Seminar, with discussion, questions and answers

Recommended preparation

A basic knowledge of international relations is helpful but not required.

Class assignments and grading

2 short papers (5-7 pages) 1 research paper due at the end of the quarter

Research Paper: 35% Short papers: 40% Participation: 25%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Karen T Litfin
Date: 03/04/2010