Course Description

MIT 3932F-001 (Fall 2017)   Politics & Representation of Food

Instructor: J. Reed

Course Description
As a sign system, food tells us a great deal about political, economic, social, and ecological practices. This course explores what we eat, how we eat, and why media representation is central to issues such as genetic modification, factory farming, body image, animal rights and welfare, technology and ethics, globalization, hunger in developing nations, moral panics over meat and vegetable-borne diseases, and the practice of alternatives to the industrial food system.

Prerequisites: At least 65% in each of MIT 1200F/G, 1500F/G and 1700F/G

2 lecture hours and 2 lab hours, 0.5 course