SOC218 - From Farm to Table: Exploring What We Eat and Why it Matters

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Subject Title
From Farm to Table: Exploring What We Eat and Why it Matters

Subject Description
This course provides students with an opportunity to explore how everyday encounters with food are shaped by social structures and institutions, cultural practices, as well as gender and class relations. We will examine different theoretical approaches to food and consider how our food choices connect to food systems, modes of production, and governmental policies. An emphasis will be placed on the ways in which individuals and groups do not have equal access to food, and how, as a result, forms of inequality are reproduced. An emphasis will also be placed on the ways in which individuals and groups have developed social movements as alternatives to mainstream food systems.

Credit Status
One General Education elective credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Analyze industrial agriculture to determine its impact on food production.
2. Discuss identity markers (including gender, ethnicity and class) to determine how they shape food choices.
3. Describe food security and food sovereignty to explore the effects on food availability.
4. Examine alternative food practices to identify how they differ from mainstream food practices.
5. Analyze the food industry in North America to consider how humans and the environment are negatively impacted.

Essential Employability Skills
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Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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