Concentrations and Course Samplings
MS and PhD students have the option to combine their degrees with any one of the following Graduate Certificate programs. Contact Allison Spain for more information.
Food Systems, Society & Policy (FS 345) - This course examines key questions being asked about our contemporary food system through the lens of scholarship in the social sciences. After close consideration of how these questions are framed, researched and analyzed by social scientists (as well as some consideration of humanities scholarship), the class will go on to understand the implications for developing public policy that seeks to develop answers. The course will also involve a systematic investigation of the form and content of transdisciplinary research.
Food Systems, Science & Policy (FS 340) - This is a systems course that will focus on understanding the science and policy interface of food systems. Students will learn through a variety of experiential and hands-on methods and approaches including self-reflection, group work, scientific assessments, policy analysis, direct policy engagement, and case studies. The course is designed so that students will have a clear understanding of both the scientific method and approach to problems as well as the policy process and implementation.
Economics of Sustainable Food Systems (FS 321) - This course will present and use common economic tools, ideas and applications to analyze issues concerning the sustainability of food systems, using a combination of readings, lectures and discussions. Particular focus will be placed upon private (individual and collective) and public policy strategies and their impacts on sustainability across the production, consumption and distribution of food, and tradeoffs or ambiguities across goals and outcomes.
Ethics and the Food System (FS 355) - This course introduces some leading literature on ethics, sustainability, and nutrition that is relevant to evaluating food systems. Unusual emphasis will be placed on thinking like a philosopher, thinking like an economist, ethical worries about research and publications, and leading literature on global food systems that is underrepresented in local discussions. Students will also gain experience running a leading global climate-energy-economy integrated assessment model, DICE.