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The Social and Political Life of Food

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This course is no longer being offered.

Course Description

This course teaches students to use the analytical tools offered by sociology to study how food systems work: How is food produced and who does the production? How is food distributed, and who wins and loses in the distribution? Finally, what social, political, cultural and economic factors help explain our eating choices? We will examine the food system from a global and national (US) perspective, but place special emphasis on the Rhode Island food system. The course will feature local guest speakers and a field trip to a local small farm. This seminar-style course will require active student participation.

Course Information

  • Course Code: SOC 0001S
  • Length: 7 weeks

Program Information

Pre-Baccalaureate Program

The University’s seven-week Summer Session, offering credit-bearing courses drawn from across the Brown curriculum and open to rising and graduated high school seniors.

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