SOCI1360 The Politics of Food

Course Description

Meets MN Transfer Goals 5 & 9 - History/Social, Behavioral Sciences and Ethical and Civic Responsibility. Students will examine the various sociological and political dimensions of food. Food will serve as the lens through which students examine larger structural issues in society as they examine how these processes relate to structures of power and inequality. This course explores the social world(s) we live in by analyzing what we eat, where it comes from, who produces it, who prepares it, and how.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • examine and evaluate the connections between food, culture, and society
  • explore the structural relations of power regarding the production, distribution, preparation and consumption of food
  • apply sociological concepts, theories, methods and findings to the study of food
  • examine the impacts of corporate dominance on the global food supply
  • analyze the structure of globalized, industrialized agriculture and food systems
  • analyze the impact of corporate food structures on farmers and communities
  • examine how food issues reflect larger social forces
  • analyze and evaluate current responses to social problems surrounding food and agriculture


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3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other