Karen T Litfin
POL S 527
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.
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
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%