ENV 980a (Hybrid) / 2022-2023

Social Justice in the Global Food System Capstone

Credits: 3
Teaching Mode: Hybrid
Fall 2022: Th, 2:30-5:20, Sage 32

This course examines social and environmental justice dimensions of today’s globalized food system. Using a critical participatory action research (cPAR) approach, we connect theory to practice through a project with partnering community food and justice organizations. Seminar discussions explore topics connected to the course project including: food sovereignty, agroecology, Black agrarianism, migration/immigration, and the Right to Food; the relevance of structural violence to food system inequities; and how land grabbing or food insecurity are connected to relative power on the global stage. Project work is grounded in understandings developed in the seminar, and involves research or practice projects designed in collaboration with partner groups (e.g., community-based non-profits; alliance organizations). Students will develop competencies in analyzing global food systems phenomena through justice frameworks; contributing to the work of community-based initiatives; and working in diverse settings on food and environmental issues, as practice for management, leadership, policymaking, collaborative/action research, or other professional roles.
Yale School of the Environment students may count the course toward the MEM capstone requirement, as an elective in the “People, Equity, and Environment” specialization, or as a general elective. Students may enroll without counting the course toward the YSE capstone requirement. The course is also open to students from across the University, including Yale School of Public Health, Yale School of Management; and to Yale College seniors, upon application.
Limited to 20