John Warford: Using Food As The Foundation For Healthy Communities in Environment & Human Ecology at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
About this CourseGEO 3354 is an upper division course that requires no prerequisites. I do introduce the use of GIS in exploring and contextualizing the main themes of the course.
GEO 3354 Syllabus (Microsoft Word 35kB Aug14 18)
Making adult decisions takes practice and begins as an act of will. College is a prominent domain for young adults. What better place is introduce the critical importance of self-perpetuation through food and food systems than in college? With good information students' will can be engaged, their intelligence ignited, and understanding can be realized. Food ties into everything about being human. What better subject is there?
My Experience Teaching with InTeGrateMaterialsI introduced the module at the start of week 4 in the course, after covering the main course themes and their interactions, after module completion (three and a half weeks) I followed up with GIS introduction and usage - employing the courses' four main themes.
Relationship of InTeGrate Materials to my Course
The relationships of hunger, resource shortages, and overpopulation, and environmental deterioration have a multitude food and food systems' reference points. The first four weeks is the course preps students for an examination of food systems and the food, water, energy nexus. The module has introduced my student's to both real-world challenges and systems thinking / applications. After the module is completed the remainder of course, uses the above themes and food as topics of choice in discovering the workings and applications of GIS. GIS - more systems thinking / applications. Main course themes as topics - more real world - challenges. It fits together beautifully.
I co-wrote and I've served principal tester of this module. I also have used it in this course before and in two other Geography courses. I know this module better than anyone. With this degree of learned experience and the fit of the Food module to the flexibility and fit GEO 3354, I only had to decide what week to employ the module - whole, as it was initially developed, with no modifications.