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NFS 113 – Food Policy and Politics

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Provides a systems perspective on food policies and politics across the food system. Focuses on understanding the food policy process, policymakers, stakeholders, issues, goals and feedbacks between food policy and politics. Prerequisites: NFS 073 or CDAE 002 or CDAE 004. Cross-listed with: FS 101.

Section Description: This is a systems course that will focus on understanding the food policy process, the policymakers, stakeholders, issues, goals and feedbacks at the interface of food policy and politics. Students will learn through a variety of experiential and hands-on methods and approaches including course games and exercises, policy analysis, direct policy engagement, and case studies. The course is designed so that students will have a clear understanding of the policy and regulatory process in the United States and across other policy systems globally and for students to critically assess the relationships between policymakers, policies and food system stakeholders. Students will achieve the following learning objectives: 1. Define the policy process for creating, implementing and enforcing state, federal and international laws, regulations and policies (The Food Policy Process) 2. Understand the many policymakers within the food system policy process across multiple scales (The Policymakers in the Food Policy Process) 3. Identify multiple food system stakeholders and how they interact in policy systems to affect the food system (The People in the Food Policy Process) 4. Describe the issues facing the food system and their potential policy interventions (The Problems the Food Policy Process Attempts to Change) 5. Demonstrate through critical policy analysis how policy interventions may affect multiple components of the food system (The Feedbacks in the Food Policy Process) 6. Participate in the policy process through public comment, regulatory or legislative avenues (The Politics of the Food Policy Process)

CRN: 94353

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 25/60

Days Time Location
MW 15:30 - 16:45 STAFFORD HALL 101

Instructor(s): Meredith Theresa Niles

Meeting Dates: 28 Aug 2017 - 08 Dec 2017