PLSC 356: The Politics of Food

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ANML 212, HIST 212, SOCI 202 or declared Political Science major or minor
The course introduces students to food studies and politics. The course looks at food as the center of identity, language, and culture in a cross-national comparison of food consumption and food politics. The first third of the semester is devoted to food and identity in an international perspective. The second third of the semester is spent looking at food identity and politics in the United States. The last part of the semester examines specific food issues, including marketing strategies; the coexistence of binary medical issues such as anorexia and the obesity epidemic; and the effects of genetic engineering on food and consumption.