This course seeks to inform participants about the environmental, ethical, and health consequences of animal agriculture. The semester will be divided evenly and each of these aspects of animal consumption will be explored in-depth. An emphasis will be placed on the role each individual has in the animal agriculture system, and how change can be affected within each of these dimensions. We will explore the impact each consumer has within this system, and how their purchase power has the potential to enact real change by saving animal lives, improving individual health, and reducing harmful environmental emissions. This course will primarily utilize discussion to explore the topics found in the books we will be reading, the introductory lectures that will be implemented, and the guest speakers that will visit our class. Other topics included in the course will be food justice and effective advocacy.
To pass this class students must be present and engaged in all activities, with no more than 2 classes being missed (missed classes will result in make-up work, please inform us ahead of time if you are going to be missing a class so that we can arrange an alternative assignment for you).
Students will be expected to complete the readings by the date specified on the syllabus. Short reading check quizzes will be administered at the start of class. For each section, students will write a short 1-2 page journal response reflecting on the readings/lectures/guest speakers.
Active and sustained participation in class discussions will also be expected and necessary for passing the class. The semester will finish with a creative project so students can demonstrate what they have learned over the semester and if/how they will continue to incorporate it into their daily life. One weekend field trip must be attended during the semester. You are welcome to bring friends along to these, they are very fun! If you absolutely cannot attend any of the field trips, you must make arrangements with the instructors.
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