Underwood International College at Yonsei University
Transforming Food Systems: Science, Technology, and Policy | Upper Division Course | Syllabus here
Over the past 150 years, food systems have been transformed by developments in technology, science, and policy. At the same time that these changes have improved the human condition, they have also created new challenges. For instance, new technologies in farming equipment and synthetic fertilizers vastly increased the per-acre output of farms, but also contributed to the collapse of rural communities and the eutryphication of water ways. This class examines how the relationship between society and food has affected and been affected by the intertwined forces of industrialization, urbanization, and globalization. We will interrogate positions that the industrial food system is 'inevitable' or 'indispensible' to feeding a global population of 9 billion. This class will explore how technology and policy has helped bring about societies in which high levels of obesity, food insecurity, and food waste coexist. Students will examine critical case studies (e.g. GMOs, biofuels) to learn how these challenges are understood as policy problems and how science and technology are mobilized to address these problems.
Research Design and Quantitative Methods | Lower Division Course | 4 sections | Syllabus here
This course introduces students to the core methodological concepts and procedures used in empirical research in the social sciences. Students will learn the fundamental concepts and practices of research methodology. This includes methodological epistemology, research design, research question development, hypotheses generation and testing, data collection and analysis, communication of findings, and ethical principles. Students who complete this course will be able to situate their research in the existing body of literature as well as to evaluate the merits and shortcomings of existing research. The course will cover both quantitative and qualitative methods and while basic statistics will be covered, this is not a statistics course.
This course introduces students to the major perspectives, theories, and issues related to people, cities, and urbanization. We will critically examine several topics including the historical and contemporary drivers and outcomes of urbanization; race and class stratification; theories about how cities are socially and spatially organized; and the influence that this organization has on social interaction, individual and group outcomes, and the environment.
2010-2014 Teaching Assistant | University of California, Irvine
Sustainability I (2 quarters) and II | Statistics | Honors: Intro to Urban Studies (2 quarters) | Urban America | Environmental Analysis (2 quarters) | Naturalistic Field Research (3 quarters) | California Population | Public Policy Analysis
2015 Food Systems: Structure & Individual "Choice" Intro to Sociology, Chapman University
2014 Applied Research in Public Policy Social Welfare, University of Southern California
2013 Urban Sustainability Honors Intro to Urban Studies, University of California, Irvine
2012 Sustainability Research in Practice, Sustainability I, University of California, Irvine
2010 Policy Analysis Public Policy Analysis, University of California, Irvine
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