Food Systems Course List Database 2019-20
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Updated October 2019
Agricultural and Resource EconomicsProduction, Industrial Organization, and Regulation in AgricultureARESEC 201Thibault Fally, Brian WrightFall 2019GraduateBasic concepts of micro and welfare economics: partial and general equilibrium. Industrial organization: monopolistic competition, vertical integration, price discrimination, and economics of information with applications to food retailing, cooperatives, fishing, and energy.
Agricultural and Resource EconomicsIssues and Concepts in Agricultural Economics ARESEC 202Jeffrey M Perloff, David L SundingSpring 2020GraduateHistory, institutions, and policies affecting agriculture markets and environmental quality. Producer behavior over time and under uncertainty. Asset fixity and agricultural supply models.
Agricultural and Resource EconomicsApplied Econometrics ARESEC 213Michael AndersonFall 2019GraduateStandard and advanced econometric techniques are applied to topics in agriculture and resource economics. Techniques include limited dependent variables, time series analysis, and nonparametric analysis. Students will use computers to conduct statistical analyses.
Agricultural and Resource EconomicsEconomics and Policy of Production, Technology and Risk in Agricultural and Natural ResourcesARESEC 241David Zilberman, Ethan LigonFall 2017Graduate201 and 202, or Economics 201A-201B, or consent of instructor.
Agricultural and Resource EconomicsAgriculture, Food, and Resource Policy WorkshopARESEC 249David ZilbermanSpring 2020GraduatePresentation and criticism of ongoing research by faculty, staff and students. Not necessarily offered every semester.
Agricultural and Resource EconomicsInternational Economic Development PolicyARESEC C253Alain De JanvryFall 2019GraduateThis course emphasizes the development and application of policy solutions to developing-world problems related to poverty, macroeconomic policy, and environmental sustainability. Methods of statistical, economic, and policy analysis are applied to a series of case studies. The course is designed to develop practical professional skills for application in the international arena.
Agricultural and Resource EconomicsRural Economic Development Workshop ARESEC 259Ethan LigonSpring 2020Graduate
Presentation and criticism of ongoing research by faculty, staff and students. Not necessarily offered every semester.
Agricultural and Resource EconomicsEmpirical Energy and Enviromental Economics ARESEC 264Meredith Fowlie, Joseph S ShapiroSpring 2020Graduate
This course is designed to help prepare graduate students to conduct empirical research in energy and environmental economics. The course has two broad objectives. The first is to develop an in-depth understanding of specific empirical methods and research designs that are routinely used in the field of energy and environmental economics. The second is to familiarize students with some of the economic theories and institutions that are most relevant to empirical work in this area.
Amercian StudiesIntro to American Studies AMERSTD 10Christine PalmerFall 2019UndergraduateSpecial Title
Food Culture in America
Special Title
This course will introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of American Studies, taking “Food” as its central theme. We will explore the social history, political economy and "aesthetics" of eating and cooking in America. Specific topics will include the development and importance of New World agriculture, the design of shopping and eating spaces, eco history, the objects we use in the kitchen, the use of food as a metaphor in literature and in popular culture, food service workers, ethnic foods, food advertising, food photography, fast food, the “slow” food movement, and food biographies. We will also consider the specific food culture of Berkeley, and explore the rise of the so-called Berkeley "gourmet ghetto."

Course Goals:
This course is meant to enable you to think and do research as an interdisciplinary scholar, specifically to give you the tools to do readings of a literary text, a painting, a common object, a film, a space. You will also learn the basics of conducting an interview, drawing a floorplan, recording and analyzing behaviors. You will practice historical research—gathering and evaluating evidence--as well as practice the skills involved in finding a thesis and arguing it persuasively.
AnthropologyAmerican Materian Cultures ANTHRO 121ACStaffFall 2018UndergraduatePatterns in material culture as it reflects behavioral and psychological aspects of American culture since the 17th century. Topics include architecture, domestic artifacts, mortuary art, foodways, and trash disposal.
AnthropologyThe Anthropology of FoodANTHRO 140Christine HastorfFall 2019UndergraduateThis course examines the place of food in society and includes discussions of identity, taste, taboos, ritual, traditions, nationalism, health, alcohol use, civilizing society, globalism, and the global politics of food.
ArchitectureDesigning for WaterARCH 109Tomas MckayFall 2019UndergraduateHumans and water management have always been in tight relation. Since there is no possible settlement without water, we have tried to avoid its scarcity by getting closer to its hazards. This seminar will explore the timeless interaction between human settlements and water and how this interaction has evolved over time. We’ll see how cities have been shaped by water.
Asian StudiesIntroduction to Asia ASISANST 10Crystal CohenFall 2017Undergraduate
This course is designed to interest students in Asian cultures early in their undergraduate studies. Topics such as trade, social and political formations, religions, food, and expressive culture that have been important in history as well as in contemporary times in East, South, and Southeast Asia will serve as unifying themes. Comparative thinking across regions of Asia and the perspectives of multiple disciplines will be brought to bear on the themes.
City and Regional PlanningPlanning for Sustainability CYPLAN 119Charisma AceyFall 2019Undergraduate
This course examines how the concept of sustainable development applies to cities and urban regions and gives students insight into a variety of contemporary urban planning issues through the sustainability lens. The course combines lectures, discussions, student projects, and guest appearances by leading practitioners in Bay Area sustainability efforts. Ways to coordinate goals of environment, economy, and equity at different scales of planning are addressed, including the region, the city, the neighborhood, and the site.
City and Regional PlanningHealthy CitiesCYPLAN C256Jason CorburnFall 2019GraduateExploration of common origins of urban planning and public health, from why and how the fields separated and strategies to reconnect them, to addressing urban health inequities in the 21st century. Inquiry to influences of urban population health, analysis of determinants, and roles that city planning and public health agencies - at local and international level - have in research, and action aimed at improving urban health. Measures, analysis, and design of policy strategies are explored.
Civil and Environmental EngineeringWater Systems of the FutureCIVENG 110Jennifer Stokes Draut, Kara L NelsonSpring 2020UndergraduateThis course will familiarize students with the complex infrastructure used to meet human water demands; competing uses and demands; water and wastewater infrastructure; technologies to enable recovery of water, energy, and other resources from wastewater; supply planning; trends and forecasting; costs, pricing and financing; environmental justice; methods to assess sustainability; regulatory, policy and institutional challenges; and water's contribution to other sectors (e.g., energy, food, buildings). Innovation, both barriers and opportunities, will be highlighted. California and the U.S. will be emphasized but global challenges will be discussed. Students will study, critique, and recommend improvements for a real-world system.
Civil and Environmental EngineeringChemistry of SoilsCIVENG C116Laura LammersSpring 2018UndergraduateChemical mechanisms of reactions controlling the fate and mobility of nutrients and pollutants in soils. Role of soil minerals and humus in geochemical pathways of nutrient biovailability and pollutant detoxification. Chemical modeling of nutrient and pollutant soil chemistry. Applications to soil acidity and salinity.
Civil and Environmental EngineeringGeotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering CIVENG 175TBASpring 2020UndergraduateSoil formation and identification. Engineering properties of soils. Fundamental aspects of soil characterization and response, including soil mineralogy, soil-water movement, effective stress, consolidation, soil strength, and soil compaction. Use of soils and geosynsynthetics in geotechnical and geoenvironmental applications. Introduction to site investigation techniques. Laboratory testing and evaluation of soil composition and properties.
Civil and Environmental EngineeringWater Resources ManagmentCIVENG 206Roger BalesSpring 2020GraduateThe course provides a framework to address contemporary water-resources problems, and to achieve water security for local areas and broader regions. Students will become aware of critical water-resources issues at local, national and global scales, and learn to formulate solutions for water-resources problems using engineering, natural-science and social-science tools. The main focus is on California and the Western United States, with comparative analysis for other regions.
Civil and Environmental EngineeringAdvanced Special Topics in Civil and Environmental EngineeringCIVENG 290Baoxia MiSpring 2019GraduateRecent technological development to address global challenges on water-energy nexus and water scarcity. Introduction to emerging technologies, including membrane filtration, thermal processes, advanced oxidation, and nanotechnology. Their applications in water purification, wastewater reuse, desalination, and renewable energy production.
Civil and Environmental EngineeringTechnologies for Sustainable Societies CIVENG 292AArpad HorvathFall 2018GraduateExploration of selected important technologies that serve major societal needs, such as shelter, water, food, energy, and transportation, and waste management. How specific technologies or technological systems do or do not contribute to a move toward sustainability. Specific topics vary from year to year according to student and faculty interests.
College Writing ProgramsEnglish Language Studies: Food Culture in the U.S.COLWRIT 7DPeter B VahleSummer 2019 UndergraduateMany sociocultural and economic factors affect the ways individuals and groups manage food. This English as a Second Language course focuses on current food movements and trends in the US--and the many ethical, cultural, and financial aspects that both underlie and result from them. Students will examine this topic through a wide variety of sources.
College Writing ProgramsResearching Water in the West: Its Presence, Its Absence, and Its Consequences for the Peoples of CaCOLWRIT 150ACPatricia SteenlandSpring 2020UndergraduateExamines the subject of water in California, drawing upon scholarly articles, essays, memoir, film, photographs, legislation. In collaboration with the Teaching Library, 50 explores techniques for conducting online archival research and using primary sources. Cosiders a variety of players in the story of water rights in California, including federal and state representatives, conservationists, Native Americans, and Japanese Americans.
Development PracticePrinciples of Natural Resource Management DEVP 227Matthew PottsSpring 2020GraduateThis course will introduce concepts in natural resource management. Segment 1 will cover basic modeling, techniques, and methodology in natural resource mamangement and sustainability. Segment 2 will address genetic resources and agriculture. Segment 3 will cover principles of natural resource management, namely water and air, in the development context. Segment 4 profides an overview of major concepts in the conservation of biodiversity. Students are expected to present research reports based on case studies.
Development StudiesAdvanced Studies in Development Studies "Development and the Environment" DEVSTD 150Tiffany PageFall 2017Undergraduate
Special Title
"Development and the Environment"
Class Description
We will examine the social, economic and environmental impact of the way countries are pursuing economic development, including the expansion of mining in certain countries, oil and natural gas extraction, export agriculture, agro-fuel production, hydroelectric energy, eco-tourism, and the fishing industry. We will also consider the development challenges produced by climate change and how communities and countries are responding and adapting. We will examine what has and has not been accomplished in the various international summits that have occurred around the environment, as well as the regulatory framework that has emerged to address environmental concerns. And, finally, we will examine the sustainable development discourse, as well as the various ideas about what is sustainable development.
Earth and Planetary ScienceThe Water PlanetEPS 3William E DietrichSpring 2020UndergraduateAn overview of the processes that control water supply to natural ecosystems and human civilization. Hydrologic cycle, floods, droughts, groundwater. Patterns of water use, threats to water quality, effects of global climate change on future water supplies. Water issues facing California.
Earth and Planetary ScienceIntroduction to OceansEPS C82James Bishop, Bethanie R. EdwardsFall 2019UndergraduateThe geology, physics, chemistry, and biology of the world oceans. The application of oceanographic sciences to human problems will be explored through special topics such as energy from the sea, marine pollution, food from the sea, and climate change.
EconomicsIntro to Environmental Economics and Policy ECON C3TBASpring 2020Undergraduate
Introduction to microeconomics with emphasis on resource, agricultural, and environmental issues.
EconomicsNatural Resource Economics ECON C102Larry KarpFall 2019UndergraduateIntroduction to the economics of natural resources. Land and the concept of economic rent. Models of optimal depletion of nonrenewable resources and optimal use of renewable resources. Application to energy, forests, fisheries, water, and climate change. Resources, growth, and sustainability.
Energy and Resources GroupCalifornia WaterENERES 171Jennifer Stokes Draut Summer 2019 - Session CUndergraduateThe story of water development in California provides compelling examples of water politics, the social and environmental consequences of redistributing water, and the relationships between water uses, energy, and climate.This course provides the historical, scientific, legal, institutional, and economic background needed to understand the social and ecological challenges of
Energy and Resources GroupWater and Sanitation JusticeENERES W174Isha RaySummer 2019 - Session CUndergraduateThis web-based course will explore the many manifestations of water and sanitation justice and injustice on interlocking scales (i.e. local, national, transnational) while illustrating analytical ideas connecting to a range of social processes including claims for human rights, deprivation and exclusion, urbanization and infrastructure development, and privatization of land and water. We will look at
EnglishArts of Writing: Grant Writing, Food WritingENGLISH 166Susan M SchweikSpring 2020UndergraduateThis course will help students develop writing skills through intensive focus on the demands of two very different modes: popular and creative food writing (essay, poetry, travel, memoir, manifesto), and grant-writing. Reading and thinking together about good food, slow food, food memory, food access, sustainability, health, hunger, student food insecurity and food justice, we will alternate between 1) writing creatively, meditatively, politically and playfully about food, and 3) collaborating on drafting an actual grant application in partnership with a local community organization. This last will be at the heart of this service-learning course.
Environmental Economics and PolicyIntroduction to Environmental Economics and Policy ENVECON C1TBASpring 2020UndergraduateIntroduction to microeconomics with emphasis on resource, agricultural, and environmental issues.
Environmental Economics and PolicyMicroeconomic Theory with Application to Natural Resources ENVECON 100TBASpring 2020UndergraduateCovers the basic microeconomic tools for further study of natural resource problems. Theory of consumption, production, theory of the firm, industrial organization, general equilibrium, public goods and externalities. Applications to agriculture and natural resources.
Environmental Economics and PolicyNatural Resource Economics ENVECON C102Larry KarpFall 2019Undergraduate
Introduction to the economics of natural resources. Land and the concept of economic rent. Models of optimal depletion of nonrenewable resources and optimal use of renewable resources. Application to energy, forests, fisheries, water, and climate change. Resources, growth, and sustainability.
Environmental Economics and PolicyModeling and Management of Biological ResourcesENVECON C115Wayne M. GetzFall 2018UndergraduateModels of population growth, chaos, life tables, and Leslie matrix theory. Harvesting and exploitation theory. Methods for analyzing population interactions, predation, competition. Fisheries, forest stands, and insect pest management. Genetic aspects of population management. Mathematical theory based on simple difference and ordinary differential equations. Use of simulation packages on microcomputers (previous experience with computers not required). Also listed as Environ Sci, Policy, and Management C104.
Environmental Economics and PolicyAgricultural and Environmental Policy ENVECON 141David ZilbermanFall 2019UndergraduateThis course considers the formation, implementation, and impact of public policies affecting agriculture and the environment. Economic approaches to public lawmaking, including theories of legislation, interest group activity, and congressional control of bureaucracies. Case studies include water allocation, endangered species protection, water quality, food safety, drainage, wetlands, pesticides, and farmworker safety.
Environmental Economics and PolicyEconomics of Innovation and Intellectual Property ENVECON 143Brian WrightFall 2019UndergraduateThis course addresses the economics of research and incentives for innovation including intellectual property rights. Topics include the standard modern economics of invention; modern intellectual property rights; innovation examples from agriculture, energy, pharmaceuticals, software, and electronics; the roles of the public and private sectors; and innovation and market structure.
Environmental Economics and PolicyPopulation, Environment, and DevelopmentENVECON 153Ethan LigonSpring 2020UndergraduateThis course takes a quantitative, hands-on approach to understanding the challenges of feeding the human population of the planet Earth. We’ll discuss topics of nutrition, subsistence food consumption, and consumer demand for food to develop our understanding of the current situation. We’ll then develop both theories and computer models of population dynamics taking into account people’s decisions about childbearing, changes in mortality, and changes in food supply in order to learn something about the future of food. Focus throughout the course will be on developing practical tools to work with real-world data.
Environmental Economics and PolicyEconomics of Water Resources ENVECON 162David L SundingSpring 2020UndergraduateUrban demand for water; water supply and economic growth; water utility economics; irrigation demand; large water projects; economic impacts of surface water law and institutions; economics of salinity and drainage; economics of groundwater management.
Environmental Science, Policy, and ManagementThe Biosphere ESPM 2Dennis BaldocchiFall 2019UndergraduateAn introduction to the unifying principles and fundamental concepts underlying our scientific understanding of the biosphere. Topics covered include the physical life support system on earth; nutrient cycles and factors regulating the chemical composition of water, air, and soil; the architecture and physiology of life; population biology and community ecology; human dependence on the biosphere; and the magnitude and consequences of human interventions in the biosphere.
Environmental Science, Policy, and ManagementFrom Farm to Table: Food Systems in a Changing World ESPM 5Ana C. Galvis-MartinezSummer 2019UndergraduateThis course explores the long journey of food from farm to family table in the United States. We will consider the ecology, management, and politics of farming under a global environmental change scenario, the treatment of diverse food workers, the impact of our changing patterns of demand on food processing and retail, the opportunities and cos
Environmental Science, Policy, and ManagementAmericans and the Global Forest ESPM C11Lynn HuntsingerSpring 2017Undergraduate
This course challenges students to think about how individual and American consumer decisions affect forest ecosystems around the world. A survey course that highlights the consequences of different ways of thinking about the forest as a global ecosystem and as a source of goods like trees, water, wildlife, food, jobs, and services. The scientific tools and concepts that have guided management of the forest for the last 100 years, and the laws, rules, and informal institutions that have shaped use of the forests, are analyzed.
Environmental Science, Policy, and ManagementEnvironmental Policy, Administration, and Law ESPM 60Alastair IlesFall 2019Undergraduate
Introduction to U.S. environmental policy process focuses on history and evolution of political institutions, importance of property, federal and state roles in decision making, and challenges of environmental policy. Emphasis is on use of science in decision making, choices between regulations and incentives, and role of bureaucracy in resource policy. Case studies on natural resource management, risk management, environmental regulation, and environmental justice.
Environmental Science, Policy, and ManagementModeling and Management of Biological Resources ESPM C104Wayne GetzFall 2018Undergraduate
Models of population growth, chaos, life tables, and Leslie matrix theory. Harvesting and exploitation theory. Methods for analyzing population interactions, predation, competition. Fisheries, forest stands, and insect pest management. Genetic aspects of population management. Mathematical theory based on simple difference and ordinary differential equations. Use of simulation packages on microcomputers (previous experience with computers not required).
Environmental Science, Policy, and ManagementForest Management and AssessmentESPM 105DScott L StephensSummer 2019 - Session BUndergraduateDevelop skills in evaluating forests and developing management strategies to meet ownership objectives. Develop integrated forest management plan for 160 acre parcel. During first week, inventory and assess ecological condition of the assigned parcel. During second week, develop comprehensive integrated forest resource plan, integrating water, wood, wildlife, range, fisheries, and
Environmental Science, Policy, and ManagementFish Ecology ESPM C115CStephanie Marie CarlsonSpring 2020UndergraduateIntroduction to fish ecology, with particular emphasis on the identification and ecology of California's inland fishes. This course will expose students to the diversity of fishes found in California, emphasizing the physical (e.g., temperature, flow), biotic (e.g., predation, competition), and human-related (e.g., dams, fisheries) factors that affect the distribution, diversity, and abundance of these fishes.
Environmental Science, Policy, and ManagementUrban Garden Ecosystems ESPM 117Miguel AltieriSummer 2019UndergraduateAn ecosystem approach to the study of urban gardens with an organic perspective. Topics include fundamentals of horticulture, soil properties and fertility, pest and disease management, and food perservation. Laboratories include methods in garden design, plant propagation, compost technique, soil preparation, irrigation systems, pest management, individual or group projects, demonstrations, and discussions. 
Environmental Science, Policy, and ManagementAgriculture Ecology ESPM 118 Timothy M. BowlesFall 2019UndergraduateExamines in a holistic framework fundamental biological, technical, socio-economic, and political processes that govern agroecosystem productivity and stability. Management techniques and farming systems' designs that sustain longterm production are emphasized. One Saturday field trip and one optional field trip.
Environmental Science, Policy, and ManagementSoil Characteristics ESPM 120Celibe PalludFall 2018UndergraduateIntroduction to physical, engineering, chemical, and biological properties of soil; methods of soil description, identification, geographic distribution and uses; the role of soil in supplying water and nutrients to plants; and soil organisms. Soil management for agriculture, forestry, and urban uses will also be discussed. Includes a Saturday field trip.
Environmental Science, Policy, and ManagementSociology and Political Ecology of Agro-Food Systems ESPM 155ACKathryn De MasterFall 2019UndergraduateSociology and political ecology of agro-food systems; explores the nexus of agriculture, society, the environment; analysis of agro-food systems and social and environmental movements; examination of alternative agricultural initiatives--(i.e. fair trade, food justice/food sovereignty, organic farming, urban agriculture).
Environmental Science, Policy, and Management International Rural Development PolicyESPM 165Claudia J CarrSpring 2020UndergraduateComparative analysis of policy systems governing natural resource development in the rural Third World. Emphasis on organization and function of agricultural and mineral development, with particular consideration of rural hunger, resource availability, technology, and patterns of international aid.
Environmental Science, Policy, and ManagementSustainable Water and Food Security ESPM 177Paolo D'odoricoSpring 2019UndergraduateIn this class we will study basic principles of environmental sustainability from the perspective of water and food security, and apply them to human use of land and land based resources. An analysis of major mechanisms of land degradation and of the major technological advances that are expected to burst food production worldwide will be used as the basis for a discussion on the extent to which the Earth can sustainably feed humanity.
Environmental Science, Policy, and ManagementInterdisciplinary Food and Agriculture Studies ESPM 226Alastair T IlesSpring 2018GraduateA graduate seminar exploring the ecological, social, and economic risks inherent in different forms of agriculture, from highly diversified, agroecological farming systems to industrialized agriculture. We will examine how different farm management techniques, government policies, supply chains, R&D, technology, and science may influence various risks and uncertainties, including climate change, agrobiodiversity, farmer 
Environmental Science, Policy, and ManagementSociology of Agriculture ESPM 230TBASpring 2020GraduateThis graduate seminar explores the sociology of agriculture and food systems, addressing key theories and topics in the field. We begin with the antecedents of the sociology of agriculture, including foundation classical agrarian theories and an overview of the field, followed by topics ranging from pesticide drift to agricultural labor injustice to food sovereignty movements and more. This course is most appropriate for students with some background in agri-food and social systems.
Environmental Science, Policy, and ManagementInternational Conservation and Development PolicyESPM 251TBASpring 2020GraduateChanges in Third World rural economy, ecology, and environment and ways in which these are affected by development policies. Historical dimensions of Third World environmental problems. Changing patterns of rural production (especially food) and resource use; alternative theories of natural resource and socioeconomic development; linkages between socioeconomy and environment in agrarian change and development policy; technology and resource control; conservation and development problems.
Environmental Science, Policy, and ManagementRace, Science, and Resource Policy ESPM 258Jeffrey RommFall 2017GraduateThis course addresses explantation and strategy in natural resource policy with an emphasis on whether, why, and how (a) 'race' distributes access to and control of environmental resources, (b) 'science' creates and arrays perceptions, organization and control of these resources, and (c) public policy shapes racial disparities in natural resource opportunities. Topics are drawn primarily from issues in metropolitan, agricultural, and public resource systems.
Environmental Science, Policy, and ManagementSeminar in Range Ecosystem Planning and PolicyESPM 280James BartolomeFall 2019GraduateA seminar course dealing with selected current topics in range ecosystem planning and policy.
GeographyCaliforniaGEOG 50ACSeth R. LunineFall 2019Undergraduate
California had been called "the great exception" and "America, only more so." Yet few of us pay attention to its distinctive traits and to its effects beyond our borders. California may be "a state of mind," but it is also the most dynamic place in the most powerful country in the world, and would be the 8th largest economy if it were a country. Its wealth has been built on mining, agriculture, industry, trade, and finance. Natural abundance and geographic advantage have played their parts, but the state's greatest resource has been its wealth and diversity of people, who have made it a center of technological and cultural innovation from Hollywood to Silicon Valley. Yet California has a dark side of exploitation and racialization.
GeographyFood and Environment GEOG 130TBASpring 2020UndergraduateHow do human populations organize and alter natural resources and ecosystems to produce food? The role of agriculture in the world economy, national development, and environmental degradation in the Global North and the Global South. The origins of scarcity and abundance, population growth, hunger and obesity, and poverty.
GeographyFood and the EnvironmentGEOG N130Jeffrey V. MartinSummer 2019 - Session AUndergraduateHow do human populations organize and alter natural resources and ecosystems to produce food? The role of agriculture in the world economy, national development, and environmental degradation in the Global North and the Global South. The origins of scarcity and abundance, population growth, hunger and obesity, and poverty.
GeographyGlobal Environmental PoliticsGEOG 138Ann LaudatiFall 2019UndergraduatePolitical factors affecting ecological conditions in the Third World. Topics include environmental degradation, migrations, agricultural production, role of international aid, divergence in standard of living, political power, participation and decision making, access to resources, global environmental policies and treaties, political strife
Global Studies
Critical Issues in Global Studies
"Food, Drink, Culture, Politics"
GLOBAL 10BDarren C ZookSpring 2020UndergraduateFew things are more important to the existence of humanity than food and drink. Aside from making human life possible, food and drink have generated multiple waves of cultural and political activity throughout human history, some of it celebratory, some of it contentious, and all of it infinitely interesting. This course will explore the many ways that food and drink are intertwined with culture and politics, in the past and in the
Global StudiesPerspectives for Sustainable Rural DevelopmentGLOBAL 123Clara I. NichollsFall 2019UndergraduateThis course analyzes the ecological, socio-economic and policy challenges and opportunities facing the rural population of Latin America in today’s globalized economy. After a critique of the impacts of conventional, agro-export development models of agricultural development (green revolution, non-traditional export crops, biotechnology, biofuels, etc.)
Industrial Engineering and Operations ResearchSocial Challenge Lab: Disaster and Recovery in Puerto Rico INDENG 185Rachel S PowersSpring 2018UndergraduateIn this course, you will learn how to apply the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (BMoE) to build novel solutions and social enterprises that will help deliver the next generation of solutions to aide and recovery of natural disasters. Given the shifting global climate, disaster and recovery is an emerging need and growth area worldwide. The climate crisis is no longer an abstract issue and 
Industrial Engineering and Operations ResearchAlternative Meat INDENG 185TBASpring 2020UndergraduateThere are many reasons to consider replacing some of the meat in our diets with plant-based alternatives: animal welfare, climate change or health. To help developing plant-based “meat” as a viable alternative to traditional animal meat, students will work in teams to understand at a deep scientific level “what makes meat taste, smell, and cook like meat.” This key information will be used to develop plant-based versions with similar attributes, such as flavor and texture. Also, students will work on creating products that replace meat from a nutritional and functional perspective, but does not try to mimic it. This course builds on previous SCET courses on plant-based meat and plant-based fish. It is highly recommended that students have a strong background in biological sciences, nutrition, plant sciences, mechanical and chemical engineering, material science, etc."
Integrative BiologyEthnobiology, Nutrition, and Global Food SystemsINTEGBI 24Thomas J CarlsonSpring 2020UndergraduateWe will explore the ethnobiological systems around the world that generate thousands of different species of plants and animals eaten by humans. We will examine the historical, cultural, commercial, and biological factors that have resulted in the worldwide consumption of certain plant and animal species.
Italian StudiesEating ItalianITALIAN R5BDanielle CallegariSpring 2019UndergraduateFrom the ancient Roman banquet recounted in Petronius’s Satyricon to Dacia Maraini’s twentieth-century poem “Devour me too,” the most famous Italian authors have persistently turned to food in their writing. If a gastronomic theme seems like an obvious choice to attract readers, the truth is that representations of food often contain complex and profound messages that go far beyond taste
Italian StudiesTopics in Italian Studies
Italy and Food: A Cultural History
ITALIAN 120Danielle CallegariFall 2018UndergraduateThe idea of Italy is inextricably tied to great food and Italians are known the world over for their excellent cooking and love of eating, rooted in a recognizable gastronomic canon and iconic exports: chianti, pizza, gelato. Yet, what precisely makes food so important to “Italianità”? To understand why Italian consciousness within and beyond the peninsula roots itself in gastronomy, our course will train a serious critical lens on the world of Italian food, re-constructing Italian history and culture as we de-construct the Italian meal, trying to find within it the seeds of an imagined community and a political reality.
Jewish StudiesDirected Group Study "Jewish Food Journey" JEWISH 198Francesco SpagnoloSpring 2018Undergraduate“Jewish Food Journey; the old, the new, and everything in-between”
Landscape Architecture and Environmental PlanningEnvironmental Science for Sustainable DevelopmentLD ARCH 12G. Mathias KondolfFall 2019UndergraduateThe scientific basis of sustainability, explored through study of energy, water, food, natural resources, and built environment. Physical/ecological processes and systems, and human impacts from the global scale to local energy/resource use. Energy and water audits of University of California at Berkeley, opportunities to increase sustainability of processes/practices. Discussion/lab section involves data collection/analysis (e.g., Strawberry Creek, atmospheric particulates) and integrative sustainability assessment project.
Landscape Architecture and Environmental PlanningEcological AnalysisLD ARCH 110Sophie TaddeoFall 2019UndergraduateAnalysis of environmental factors, ecosystem functions, and ecosystem dynamics, as related to decision-making for landscape planning and design.
Landscape Architecture and Environmental PlanningEcological Analysis LaboratoryLD ARCH 110LSophie TaddeoFall 2019UndergraduateIntroduction to field techniques for assessment of landscape factors. Factors include topography, geology, climate, soil, hydrology, flora, vegetation, and wildlife.
Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
Landscape Plants: Identification and Use
LD ARCH 112Daphne H EdwardsSpring 2020UndergraduateThis course is an introduction to the identification and recognition, as well as design applications and uses, of plants in the landscape. Through lectures, assignments, and fieldwork, the course provides class participants with an appreciation of the importance of vertical vegetation as a design element. Students will be introduced to a variety of built projects and plants commonly used in Bay Area landscapes.
Landscape Architecture and Environmental PlanningSustainable Landscapes and CitiesLD ARCH 130TBASpring 2020UndergraduateThis course is an introduction to issues of sustainability in the designed landscape and in our cities. It includes environmental history as well as contemporary social, environmental and political issues surrounding sustainable design and activism. The course stresses motives and values expressed through environmental design at various scales – from neighborhood to global and examines problems affecting healthy environments and their solutions. Students study the need for protection and restoration of healthy ecological systems within the design of cities and landscapes and discuss ways to enable these systems to thrive. Readings and discussions focus on means to evaluate, create and advocate for healthy, sustainable environments.
Landscape Architecture and Environmental PlanningThe American Designed Landscape Since 1850LD ARCH C171Louise A. MozingoFall 2019UndergraduateThis course surveys the history of American landscape architecture since 1850 in four realms: 1) urban open spaces--that is squares, plazas, parks, and recreation systems; 2) urban and suburban design; 3) regional and environmental planning; 4) gardens. The course will review the cultural and social contexts which have shaped and informed landscape architecture in the United States since the advent of the public parks movement, as well as, the aesthetic precepts, environmental concerns, horticultural practices, and technological innovations of American landscapes. Students will complete a midterm, final, and a research assignment. Also listed as American Studies C171.
Latin American StudiesAdvanced Studies in Latin American Studies: Perspectives for Sustainable Rural Development in Latin AmericaLATAMST 150Clara NicholisFall 2017UndergraduateThis course analyzes the ecological, socio-economic and policy challenges and opportunities facing rural populations of Latin America in today’s globalized economy. After a critique of the impacts of conventional, agro-export development models of agricultural development (green revolution, non-traditional export crops, biotechnology, biofuels etc) the elements of a sustainable agroecological development path is discussed, a path that emphasizes: farmers empowerment, local production for food sovereignty, poverty reduction, cultural identity and natural resource and biodiversity conservation. Technical, institutional, policy and market requirements for a sustainable agriculture are also analyzed in detail.
LawFood Law and PolicyLaw 220FStephen SugarmanSpring 2019GraduateThis seminar will explore a wide range of issues related to food law and policy. Topics will likely include food safety, food labeling and marketing, regulation and patenting of genetically-modified organisms, farm subsidies, treatment of livestock, farm labor, organic farming standards, hunger and obesity, international trade in food, and promotion of local and sustainable agriculture. Students will read a variety of materials in preparation for weekly discussions and will each write a 30+-page research paper.
LawPolicy Change and the Role of Lawyers Law 226.7Christopher Edley, Jr., Maria EchavesteSpring 2017GraduateLegal training is useful for several roles related to shaping public policy, most obviously as “outside” lobbyists and as “inside” drafters and advisers on questions of what is permissible under a statute or the Constitution. There are many dimensions to these various roles. This course explores all of these, and examines how “thinking like a lawyer” so often confers power by virtue of the value lawyerly work contributes to complex policy transactions. Course readings and discussion will touch on several areas of policy, among them: education reform; immigration reform; responses to the risk of domestic terrorism; climate change; worker rights; and food policy. Students will learn some general aspects of administrative law, legislative process, regulations relating to lobbying, federalism, and professional ethics.Open to 1L students only
LawProtecting Products of PlaceLaw 276.69Richard MendelsonSpring 2017GraduateGeographical indications (GIs) identify goods whose quality, reputation, or other characteristics are essentially attributable to their geographic origin. Well-known examples in the U.S. are "FLORIDA" for oranges, "IDAHO" for potatoes, "VIDALIA" for onions, and "NAPA VALLEY" for wines. This class examines GIs and the laws governing their use for wines and other alcoholic beverages, foods, textiles, and handicrafts. We examine the national laws on the registration and defense of GIs in the U.S., the European Union, India, and China, including sui generis GI laws, trademark laws (common law GIs, certification marks, collective marks, and trademarks), and appellations of origin. From an international perspective, we focus on the World Trade Organization's TRIPS Agreement (Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) and the negotiations to extend the special protection for wines and spirits to other goods and services and to claw back generic terms.
LawWine LawLaw 278.8Genesen TrinidadFall 2019GraduateCalifornia accounts for 90 percent of all wines produced in the United States and is the fourth largest wine producer in the world behind France, Italy and Spain. The California wine industry has an annual impact of $51.8 billion on the state’s economy and $125.3 billion on the national economy. Wine is the number one finished agricultural product in the state. This course examines the major legal issues facing the wine industry in the areas of constitutional law, administrative law, intellectual property, land use and contractual relationships. Specific topics include Prohibition and Twenty-first Amendment jurisprudence, federal and state alcohol beverage regulatory systems (market structure, licensing, product standards, trade practices), wine labeling, appellations of origin, wine and health, land use planning and resource conservation issues for vineyards and wineries and contractual relationships between members of the wine industry. There are no prerequisites.
LawEnvironmental Law Clinic Law 291AClaudia Polsky, Ana Vohryzek Fall 2017GraduateThe Environmental Law Clinic (295.5E; 4 units) will have a varied issue docket that spans local to global matters, and provides hands-on opportunities for students in administrative agency practice, litigation, legislative drafting, and policy formulation. The Clinic has three goals: making students creative and effective environmental lawyers; making an environmental difference; and addressing environmental legal needs of underserved communities.

Areas of intended focus in the near term (specific projects TBD) are:
(1) Climate change mitigation
(2) Toxics reduction
(3) Right to water
(4) Equity in access to nature
(5) Green jobs for marginalized populations (e.g. homeless, prison reentry)

The Clinic seeks to address major environmental crises of our time -- climate change, toxics exposure, and water scarcity -- in a way that also promotes social and economic equity. Simply put, How can we create a new green economy that is both ecologically sustainable and more just?

Students interested in participating in the Environmental Clinic should go to the Clinical Program Application page for information about the application process.
The Environmental Law Clinic Seminar (Law 291.A; 2 units) is a co-requisite for the Clinic.
Mechanical EngineeringLeveraging Technology for Systems Redesign: Transforming Food SystemsMECENG 292Sara L Beckman, Andy An-Si DongSpring 2018GraduateThis series covers current topics of research interest in design. The course content may vary semester to semester. Check with the department for current term topics.
Near Eastern StudiesSafar: Travel in Arabic LiteratureNESTUD 150BAhmad DiabSpring 2019UndergraduateThis course introduces students to the theme of travel in Arabic literature (both in its fiction and non-fiction forms). It starts with selections from the classical texts of Ibn Battouta, Al-Ma’arri, Ibn Fadlan and Ibn Yaqthan, and culminates recent texts of Arabs traveling towards and away from home in the wake of “the Arab Spring.” The readings will include Al-Tahtawi’s reflections on 19th
Nutritional Science and ToxicologyIntroduction to Human NutritionNUSCTX 10Gregory Aponte, Ashley M ReaverSpring 2020UndergraduateThis course focuses on relationships between diet and health, and responses of the human body to diet and food components, including macro and micro nutrients, water, phytochemicals, and alcohol. This course also provides an overview of the interplay between nutrients and physiological and behavioral responses. Lectures, which address contributions of diet to optimal health or disease risk, are based on current nutritional, biochemical, and medical knowledge. Goals include enabling students to make informed decisions about their nutritional needs and current issues concerning nutrition.
Nutritional Science and ToxicologyIntroduction to Toxicology NUSCTX 11Daniel K. Nomura, Sona KangSpring 2020UndergraduateDiscussion of principles for the evaluation of toxic hazard of natural and man-made substances present in the environment, the workplace, food, drink, and drugs. The bases for species selectivity, individual variations in sensitivity and resistance, and the combined effects of toxic agents will be addressed. Issues related to the impact of toxic agents in modern society will be emphasized.
Nutritional Science and ToxicologyPersonal Food Security and Wellness NUSCTX 20Jazmin Rodriguez-JordanFall 2019UndergraduateFood insecurity is broadly defined as having unreliable access to adequate foods resulting in disrupted eating patterns or reduced food intake due to a lack of money and other resources for food. NST 20 will improve nutrition-related behaviors and support students in need of improving their food security status. Students whom have limited cooking and food preparation experience will acquire foundational nutrition knowledge and basic cooking skills to be able to prepare healthful and affordable meals in consideration of existing factors, such as: food availability; food budgeting; and time management.
Nutritional Science and ToxicologyNutrient Function and Metabolism NUSCTX 103Hei Sook Sul, James OlzmannFall 2019UndergraduateDelivery of nutrients from foods to mammalian cells; major metabolic pathways; function of nutrients in energy metabolism, nitrogen and lipid metabolism, structural tissues and regulation; essentiality, activation, storage, excretion, and toxicity of nutrients.
Nutritional Science and ToxicologyFood, Culture, and the Environment NUSCTX 104Ashley M ReaverSpring 2020UndergraduateThis nutrition course with an anthropological perspective examines why we eat what we eat by addressing environmental, socio-economic, political, cultural, and personal components of the human diet. Cuisines from a sampling of countries and regions are discussed.
Nutritional Science and ToxicologyInroduction and Application of Food ScienceNUSCTX 108ATBAFall 2019UndergraduateEvaluation of the chemical, physical, functional, and nutritional properities of foods. Emphasis on how these properties, and prepration, processing, and storage, influence quality characteristics of food products.
Nutritional Science and ToxicologyApplication of Food Science LabratoryNUSCTX 108BTBAFall 2019UndergraduateExperimental evaluation of the chemical, physical, functional, and nutritional properties of foods, and the changes occuring during preparation that affect quality characteristics of food products.
Nutritional Science and ToxicologyToxicology NUSCTX 110Daniel Nomura, Martyn T SmithFall 2019UndergraduateA comprehensive survey of the principles of modern toxicology and their applications in evaluating the safety of foods, additives and environmental contaminates. Mechanisms of metabolic activation, detoxification, gene regulation, and selective toxicity are emphasized.
Nutritional Science and ToxicologyPesticide Chemistry and Toxicology NUSCTX C114StaffSpring 2018UndergraduateChemical composition of pesticides and related compounds, their mode of action, resistance mechanisms, and methods of evaluating their safety and activity.
Nutritional Science and ToxicologyFood Systems Organization and Management NUSCTX 135Ashley M ReaverSpring 2020UndergraduatePrinciples of organization and management applied to institutional food service systems: production and delivery systems, management of resources, quality assurance, equipment, layout, marketing, personnel management, fiscal management. Laboratory experiences, projects and field work in institutional situations.
Nutritional Science and ToxicologyHuman DietNUSCTX C159Katharine MiltonSpring 2016UndergraduateSince we eat every day, wouldn't it be useful to learn more about human dietary practices? A broad overview of the complex interrelationship between humans and their foods. Topics include the human dietary niche, biological variation related to diet, diet and disease, domestication of staple crops, food processing techniques and development of regional cuisines, modern diets and their problems, food taboos, human attitudes toward foods, and dietary politics. Also listed as Environ Sci, Policy, and Management C159.
Nutritional Science and ToxicologyMetabolic Bases of Human Health and DiseasesNUSCTX 160Andreas Stahl, Joseph L Napoli, Ronald M. KraussSpring 2020UndergraduateThe physiological bases of human nutrient homeostasis and common disorders resulting from over and under nutrition will be discussed with a specific focus on macronutrients. Topics related to nutrient deficiency and excess will include adaptation to starvation and the effects of caloric restriction on life-span, obesity and its complications, lipoprotein metabolism and cardiovascular disease, as well as a detailed discussion of the causes, disease mechanisms, and treatment of diabetes mellitus.
Nutritional Science and ToxicologyMedical Nutrition TherapyNUSCTX 161AMary Lesser, Mikelle McCoinFall 2019Undergraduate
This fall course serves as the first of a two part series that addresses the nutritional component of treating disease. The Nutrition Care Process of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides the framework for nutritional status assessment, diagnosis, nutrition intervention, and evaluation. Disease pathophysiology, diagnosis, medical and pharmacological treatments, and nutritional therapies for prevention and treatment are explored for conditions common throughout the lifecycle. The first part focuses on cardiovascular disease. Additional diseases are addressed in 161B in the spring semester. This course will provide an opportunity to apply knowledge of MNT through case studies and various activities.
Nutritional Science and ToxicologyNutrition in the Community NUSCTX 166Mary Nicole LesserFall 2019UndergraduateThis course addresses basic nutrition in the context of the community. It explores nutrition programs that serve various segments of the population and the relationships of these programs to nutrition policy at the local, national, and international levels. Community assessment is used as the basis for program planning, implementation, and evaluation. The specific needs of population groups (infants, children, women, and the elderly) are