Freshman / Humanities / Global Context

How are food systems shaped, and how do they shape the world? In this course, you will be guided through the cycle of life as a metaphor for the trajectory of our global food system. Using food production as a lens, you will study the history of human societies, starting with our transition from hunter-gatherer societies and ending with our current globalized food system.

Course Units

  • How did agrarian societies begin and how do they influence what we eat today?

    Why

    The purpose of this Unit is to understand how and why humans transitioned from hunter-gatherer societies to agrarian societies, and to learn how this transition influenced societies and the environment.

    How

    By the end of this unit, you will have:

    • Completed a series of readings and responded to reading prompts
    • Created a map of early agrarian societies and where common foods originated
    • Created a food family tree
    • Researched a common family recipe & the origins of 1 of its main ingredients in a “food autobiography”
  • What are the social and environmental consequences of a global food system?

    Why?

    The purpose of this Unit is to see what a global food system looks like, and to understand the human and environmental impacts of this system.

    How?

    By the end of this unit, you will have:

    • Mapped and read about the global food system
    • Observed the global food system in your own community
    • Created a Prezi presentation mapping the distribution chain of a specific food
  • How has technology influenced what and how we eat since the Industrial Revolution?

    Why?

    • To understand how the Industrial Revolution & World War II changed our food system
    • To understand the impact these changes have had on both our food and environment

    How?

    By the end of this unit, you will have:

    • How and why have our tastes changed since the Industrial Revolution?
    • Do you know what you’re eating?
    • How can I judge the quality of food using my senses?