Course Description

The essential question of this course is: Why do people eat what they eat? In an effort to answer this question, we will examine a variety of economic, ecological, sociological and political dimensions of food in local, national, and global contexts. Our hope is to understand and unravel the complex structural mechanisms that determine what food we grow, how we grow it, where it goes, at what cost, and what it looks like when it eventually arrives on the table. Ideally, investigating the policies and processes that drive the production, distribution, and consumption of food will clarify for us what effect these policies and processes have on our diet, our health, our economy and our environment from the local to the global.

This course is an independent, freestanding IFS seminar.  Ideally, however, it will work in tandem with Rasul Mowatt's "Food for Thought: Food Culture, Food Tourism, & Public Health" to provide students in both courses with a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to the common theme of food.  There are lectures, film viewings, discussions, course assignments and activities that will be shared between the two classes.

GenEd Information: Currently approved for the IU Bloomington GenEd SH requirement. See the GenEd Website for more information.

Catalog Information: COLL-S 104 FRESHMAN SEMINAR IN S & H

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Course Instructor: Andrew Libby

Andrew Libby is the Assistant Director of the Human Biology (HUBI) Program at IU. HUBI is an interdisciplinary major in the College of Arts and Sciences that explores the complex human dimensions of scientific inquiry. Andrew's current teaching interests revolve around poverty, globalization and the role of global financial institutions like the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organization in international development. Prior to his position in HUBI, Andrew served as the Community Engagement Coordinator for the IU Service-Learning Program and he has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary, experiential teaching and learning. Andrew lives in Bloomington with his wife, Debby, and three young sons. When he is not busy teaching or playing with his kids, Andrew enjoys sitting on his front porch dreaming about scoring the winning goal in the World Cup.

Food for Thought: Food Policy and Poverty from Local to Global

Food for Thought: Food Policy and Poverty from Local to Global: Courses: Intensive Freshman Seminars: Indiana University Bloomington