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

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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”
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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
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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?
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