Class Restriction And Registration Summary


SOC 20666 - Section 01: Environment, Food, & Society (CRN 20499)

Course Description:
This course is an introduction to environmental sociology, the sociology of food, and Catholic social teachings on creation, solidarity, human dignity and rights, and social justice as they relate to the environment and food issues. The course has two directly linked central purposes. One is to learn descriptive and analytical sociological perspectives on environmental and food issues, as well as related matters of agriculture, globalization, consumerism, rural America, health, social movements, and human futures. A second purpose is to learn Catholic social teachings on the environment and food issues, in order to deepen our capacity to reflect normatively from a particular moral perspective about crucial social problems. Achieving these two purposes will require us recurrently to engage the sociological and the Catholic perspectives and contributions in mutually informative and critical conversation. This is fundamentally a sociology course, but one in which Catholic social ethics stand front and center. In other words, this course will engage in multiple, ongoing exercises of "reflexivity," engaging the sociological imagination, issues of environment and food, and Catholic social teachings - to consider what possible fruitful understandings each may provide for and about the others. Students need not be Catholic (or even religious) to benefit from this course, but everyone must be open to learning about and reflecting upon Catholic ethical teachings as they relate to the environment and food. This course will explore a number of interconnected substantive issues, descriptively, analytically, and normatively. These will include technological development, energy consumption, global warming/climate change, neoliberal capitalism, interests of nation states, corporate power, the role of mass media, population dynamics, the maldistribution of wealth, political decision-making, the status of science, ocean environments, extreme weather, sustainable development, environmentalist movements, agribusiness, nutrition, food supply systems, hunger and obesity, organics, fair trade, localism, agrarianism, human dignity, the common good, the option for the poor, the universal destiny of the earth's goods, creation care, and the moral goods of solidarity, subsidiarity, and participation, among other relevant topics.

Associated Term: Fall Semester 2020
Campus: Main
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course may not be repeated

SOC 21666

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:
Employee Non-Degree (EM) ,  Graduate Non-Degree (GD) ,  Holy Cross College (HC) ,  St. Mary's College (SM) ,  Undergraduate Non-Degree (UD) ,  Undergraduate (UG)

Course Attributes:
CSTE - CST Elective ,  ENST - Energy Studies ,  WKCD - new Core Cathol&Discipl ,  ZTST - Final exam

Registration Availability (Overflow: Off )
  Maximum Actual Remaining
TOTAL 31 24 7

Crosslist Information
Class Information Maximum Actual Remaining
SOC  20666 01, CRN 20499  (Primary) 31 24 7
STV  20666 01, CRN 20781   1 0 1
SUS  20666 01, CRN 21310   5 3 2
CST  20666 01, CRN 21320   1 1 0
Total 38 28 10