What we talk about when we talk about food


Spring 2014 quarter

Taught by

communication, social studies
ecology, plant biology

This program explores biological, social, and political dimensions of food. We’ll consider the basic biological composition and processes of our bodies, and learn why some foods are necessary and others are bad for us. These biological questions will be studied in relation to cultural and political constructions of food including discourses of consumption, identity, and sustainability. We’ll explore some recent hot topics related to food, including diet and obesity, GMO food labeling, crop genetic diversity, and food sovereignty.  We’re especially interested in public rhetoric on these subjects – how scientific facts and ideas are represented and misrepresented in public debate, how food consumption and related social identities are influenced by media, and how food activism is challenging trends in corporate food production.  We’ll examine a variety of media sources, including journalism, online sources, and films.


Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

environmental and health sciences, communication and culture studies, sustainability and food policy studies

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Evening and Weekend

Advertised schedule: 6-10p Wed, 9a-5p Sat


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Required Fees

$30 for food lab workshop


Date Revision
February 21st, 2014 Fee has increased from $20 to $30.
December 16th, 2013 New course added Dec. 16, 2013.

Registration Information

Credits: 12 (Spring)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 48


Course Reference Number

(12 credits): 30311

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