Underwood International College at Yonsei University
Transforming Food Systems: Science, Technology, and Policy | Upper Division Seminar | 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 Lecture | 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.
Teaching Assistant | University of California, Irvine
Naturalistic Field Research (Fall 2011, Summer 2014, Fall 2014) Intro to Statistics (Summer 2013) Sustainability I (Winter 2013, Winter 2014) Sustainability II (Spring 2012) Honors Intro to Urban Studies (Spring 2013) Urban America (Fall 2012) Environmental Analysis (Winter 2011, Winter 2012) California Population (Spring 2011) Public Policy Analysis (Fall 2010)