Social Justice in the Sustainable Food Systems
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Food Studies
Course Number: NFDS 3245
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Food Studies
  • Social Justice
  • Ecology
This course explores social justice in today’s globalized food system. We learn about strategies and discourses used by community-based activists, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and scholars in order to realize a more just food system for all. We begin by developing an understanding of the food system as one that encompasses farm and industry workers, farm owners and collectives, and agroecological systems, as well as all those who consume food. Based on this understanding, we review various concepts that encapsulate aspects of social justice, (e.g., environmental justice; food justice; food sovereignty), and how these are applied in multiple contexts and social movements. Throughout the semester we also explore our own positions as university-based stakeholders in the food system, and students will be encouraged to integrate aspects of their own scholarly and/or activist projects into one or more course assignments. This course includes guest speakers and field trips to contextualize readings and in-class discussions.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Undergraduate students.