Agrarian Worlds: Practice, Power, Place

Shaila Seshia Galvin

DE130 | Spring | 6 ECTS

This course examines the social and political dimensions of food and agriculture. We examine the ways in which agriculture shapes and is shaped by households and communities, ecological and social environments, as well as state, corporate, and regulatory institutions. We explore key debates that have animated agricultural policy, such as population and food production, the Green Revolution, genetic modification, land acquisitions and climate change and examine efforts to render agriculture more sustainable through organic and fair trade certification. By the end of this course, it is expected that students will develop an historically informed, multifaceted understanding of the social, political and cultural dimensions of food and agriculture.