Course Number

SOCI 319/ENST 319

Course Title


Course Date

Fall 2014

Course Level


Professor or Professors' Departmental/Program Affiliation

Christopher Henke, Sociology & Anthropology

Document Type



Environmental Studies, Sociology and Anthropology


Food is fundamental — it sustains us and is essential for our survival — but food is more than just what we eat. Food is also a commodity with complex global markets and ecological impacts; it is highly regulated through our political processes and institutions; and it forms a key part of our culture and the social rhythms of everyday life. This course explores these many dimensions of food, focusing especially on key questions about where it comes from, how it is produced, and how it is embedded in our economic, political, and cultural institutions. Students enrolled in this course participate in a service learning internship at Common Thread Community Farm in Madison, NY. The course also involves field trips to and guest speakers from local food and farming communities. Prerequisites: (1) one of the following courses: ENST 232, SOCI 201 (formerly SOAN 204), or SOCI 250 (formerly SOAN 210); (2) students must have an open morning (no other enrolled courses) on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m., in order to accommodate the farm internship component of the course. (Formerly SOAN 319.) This course is crosslisted as ENST 319.


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