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ERIC Number: EJ1007522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Reference Count: 10
Food for Thought: Crossing Disciplinary and Campus Borders with Integrated Pedagogy
Hall, Betsy L. F.
CEA Forum, v42 n1 p272-279 Win-Spr 2013
The author created and has been teaching a first-year seminar (FYS) called "Food for Thought: Rhetoric of the Edible" for the past three years. Sustainability and ethics in the production and consumption of food have been tangential topics that have arisen in the course. While her academic background is composition and rhetoric, food has become a research interest in recent years as she has learned alongside her students in this course. The interdisciplinary aspects of the course have changed significantly each time she has taught the course. Here, she focuses on connections with political science, sociology, and chemistry faculty. The aforementioned Food Politics serves as a framework for the political science connections as teachers discuss how politics influence food sustainability. In her partnership with a sociology course, she and the teachers examine how social and cultural customs affect sustainability, specifically how adherence (or lack of adherence) to social codes impacts the ethics of sustainability. In addition to her teaching partnership with political science and sociology, she has also integrated course content with an introductory chemistry class, examining how genetically modifying the chemical composition of food affects sustainability as well as the benefits and drawbacks of chemical-free farms.
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, Ethics, Sustainability, Food, Interdisciplinary Approach, Rhetoric, Course Content, Chemistry, Political Science, Sociology, College Freshmen
College English Association. Web site: http://www.cea-web.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois