IDS385-000: Special Topics

Topic: Urban Food Security

January 10, 2017 - April 24, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
1:00pm - 2:15pm
Tarbutton Hall 111
Reznickova, Anna

Fall, spring. Highly focused courses, drawing on multiple disciplines of the humanities and social sciences; may be repeated for credit when topics vary.

According to Feeding America, 15.4% of US adults and 20.9% children have been food insecure in 2014. In Georgia, these numbers are even higher: 17.7% and 26.1% of adults and children respectively were identified as food insecure. Despite growing job security, a number of food banks across the country reported increased demand for their services, as well as changing profile of those who need them. For instance, 59% of households that utilize the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s services report having at least one income. In this course, students will therefore explore the history, present and future of urban food (in)security in the U.S. Together we will address social construction of food insecurity, such as food deserts, and examine how class and racial inequalities can lead to limited food access. Students will engage with the rhetoric of different solutions (emergency food, local food, community food security, food justice, food sovereignty) and critically examine a variety of local and national case studies (food banks, urban farming & community gardens, mobile markets, produce prescriptions etc.). In addition, this course will be supplemented by two half-day field trips and a community engagement project allowing students to reflect on food (in)security in the greater Atlanta community.

Particulars: Students will demonstrate learning through weekly reflection papers, a service project, and a final paper.


Alkon, A.H. (2012). Black, White, and Green: Farmers Markets, Race, and the Green Economy. University of Georgia Press.

Alkon, A.H., & Agyeman, J. (2011). Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class, and Sustainability. MIT Press.

Poppendick, J. (1999). Sweet Charity?: Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement. Penguin Books.

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