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CHID 250 D: Special Topics: Introduction To The History Of Ideas

Animals, Environment, Food and Justice

Meeting Time: 
MW 12:30pm - 2:20pm
Location: 
MEB 243
SLN: 
12305
Instructor:
Katie Gillespie

Syllabus Description:

CHID 250 D: Animals, Environment, Food and Justice

How do we understand the ethical and political dimensions of the food system for animals, humans and the environment? How does animal agriculture operate as a dominant institution fraught with complex interspecies social relations? What are the impacts of animal agriculture on humans, animals, and the environment and what movements for justice are working to mitigate these impacts? This course explores issues of justice for humans, animals and the environment in animal agriculture primarily in the United States. Framed at the outset by George Orwell's 1984, the course asks students to explore how discourse operates powerfully across space and time to shape processes of production and consumption and policies related to the meat, dairy and egg industries.

Syllabus is available here.

For more information, contact Katie Gillespie at katieag@u.washington.edu

Additional Details:

How do we understand the ethical and political dimensions of the food system for animals, humans, and the environment? How does animal agriculture operate as a dominant institution fraught with complex interspecies social relations? What are the impacts of animal agriculture on humans, animals, and the environment and what movements for social justice are working to mitigate these impacts? This course explores issues of justice for humans, animals, and the environment in animal agriculture primarily in the United States. The second part of the course contextualizes how agricultural and food policies are shaped. Next, we consider climate change and the environmental impacts of industrial ‘livestock’ production. We will spend time synthesizing all that we have learned to envision alternate paths forward (for food production, consumption, and policy), that take seriously the plight of humans, animals and the environment.

Catalog Description: 
Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework. Satisfies the Gateways major/minor requirement. Offered: AWSp.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Writing (W)
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:11pm
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