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Fall 2021
Jul 01, 2022
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SOCI 274 - CBL:Env/Food Justice Movements

Environmental and Food Justice Movements 
This seminar draws on a range of interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives in examining the similarities and differences between the environmental justice movement (EJM) and the food justice movement (FJM). EJM has a slightly longer history in the United States than FJM, and the two movements share notable similarities but with some key differences in terms of in terms of how they define and aim to resolve the problems of environmental injustice or food injustice. We begin by situating the emergence of EJM and FJM in the context of broader environmental and alternative food movements, both domestically and globally, and explore how various theoretical frameworks of the movements analyze environmental and food issues through the lens of social justice and human inequality, specifically on categories of race, class, and more recently, gender. Over the course of the semester we will examine various real cases of environmental and food justice activism, including both successful and failed attempts, and discuss each case in relation to the theoretical frameworks introduced in the seminar through the assigned readings and the lecture. This course has a required Community-Based Learning component for which the students will engage in service learning in partnership with organizations working on EJ/FJ issues locally in Washington, D.C. Students are required to complete minimum of 30 hours of community service with a partnering organization. The seminar is a 4-credit course. The service experiences are integrated into the in-class learning experiences and are designed to inform and enhance one another. Each student will identify and engage with an organization that works to advance EJ/FJ for the final project for the seminar, and present their findings to the class at the end of the semester. Finally, we are going to take on the issues of food insecurity on Georgetown University campus as a collective course project. Students will work in groups over the course of the semester for this project.

4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Sociology Department

Course Attributes:
Community Based Learning, Mean Grade is Calculated

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