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Course DescriptionPrerequisites
Agricultural and Resource EconomicsProduction, Industrial Organization, and Regulation in Agriculture ARESEC 201L.S. Karp, D.L. SundingFall 2015GraduateBasic 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.Economics 201A or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Agricultural and Resource EconomicsAppled Econometrics ARESEC 213Michael AndersonFall 2018GraduateStandard 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 EconomicsEmpirical International Trade and InvestmentARESEC 232StaffBefore Spring 2013GraduateEmpirical aspects on international trade, foreign investment, and the environment. Issues related to testing various trade models. Topics include: testing trade models (HO, Ricardo, Specific Sector); gravity models; linkages between openness and growth; trade orientation and firm performance; pattern of trade; trade and the environment; labor markets and trade. New topics in international trade with empirical applications, such as trade models with heterogeneous firms, outsourcing and foreign investment.
Agricultural and Resource EconomicsEconomics and Policy of Production, Technology and Risk in Agricultural and Natural ResourcesARESEC 241David Zilbeman, Ethan LigonFall 2017Graduate201 and 202, or Economics 201A-201B, or consent of instructor.
Agricultural and Resource EconomicsAgricultural, Food, and Resource Policy Workshop ARESEC 249Gordon C RausserFall 2018Graduate
Agricultural and Resource EconomicsRural Economic Development Workshop ARESEC 259Elisabeth SadouletFall 2017Graduate
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 FowlieSpring 2017Graduate
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.
Agricultural and Resource EconomicsInternational Economic Development PolicyARESEC C253DeJanvry, AFall 2017GraduateThis 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. Also listed as Agricultural and Resource Economics C253.
Agricultural and Resource EconomicsMicroeconomic Theory with Application to Natural Resources ENVECON 100Jeffrey M PerloffSpring 2018UndergraduateCovers 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.
Agricultural and Resource EconomicsAgricultural and Environmental Policy ENVECON 141David ZilbermanFall 2018UndergraduateThis 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.
Agricultural and Resource EconomicsEconomics of Innovation and Intellectual Property ENVECON 143Brian WrightSpring 2018UndergraduateThis 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; innovation and market structure; 
Agriculture and Resource Economics and PolicyIssues and Concepts in Agricultural Economics ARESEC 202Jeffrey M Perloff, Thibault FallySpring 2018GraduateHistory, institutions, and policies affecting agriculture markets and environmental quality. Producer behavior over time and under uncertainty. Asset fixity and agricultural supply models.
Agriculture and Resource Economics and PolicyEconomics of Water Resources ENVECON 162 David L SundingSpring 2018UndergraduateUrban 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.
Agriculture and Resource Economics and PolicyIntroduction to Environmental Economics and Policy ENVECON C1 Gordon C RausserSpring 2018UndergraduateIntroduction to microeconomics with emphasis on resource, agricultural, and environmental issues.
Amercian StudiesIntro to American Studies AMERSTD 10Kathleen Moran, Margaretta LovellFall 2017UndergraduateSpecial 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 121ACStaffSpring 2017UndergraduatePatterns 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.
AnthropologyAntropology of FoodANTHRO 140Christine HastrofFall 2017UndergraduateThis 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.
AnthropologySpecial Topics in Archaeology: Food Studies ANTHRO 230-001Christine HastorfFall 2017Graduate
AnthropologyHolocene Paleoecology: How Humans Changed the Earth ANTHRO C129DKirchSpring 2016UndergraduateSince the end of the Pleistocene and especially with the development of agriculturally based societies humans have had cumulative and often irreversible impacts on natural landscapes and biotic resources worldwide. Thus "global change" and the biodiversity crisis are not exclusively developments of the industrial and post-industrial world. This course uses a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing upon methods and data from archaeology, palynology, geomorphology, paleontology, and historical ecology to unravel the broad trends of human ecodynamics over the past 10,000 years. Also listed as Anthropology C129D.Either Anthropology 2 or Biology 1A.
AnthropologySpecial Topics: Current Issues in Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology and AnthropologyJunko HabuFall 2017Graduate
ArchitectureUrban Farming ARCH 202Renee ChowFall 2015Graduate
Asian StudiesIntroduction to Asia ASISANST 10Crystal ohenFall 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.
BioengineeringBiotechnologyBIO ENG 22L. Lee, DueckBefore Fall 2015UndergraduateThis course is intended to introduce students to a variety of fields that fall under the biotechnology umbrella. In general, these fields include medical, microbial, agricultural, animal, and forensic biotechnology. Students in this course will learn the types of biotechnology projects currently being worked on, as well as the techniques and assays used within these projects.22L (must be taken concurrently).
City and Regional PlanningHealthy CitiesCRP 256Jason CorburnFall 2017GraduateExploration 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.
City and Regional PlanningPlanning for Sustainability CYPLAN 119Charisma AceyFall 2017Undergraduate
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.
Civil and Environmental EngineeringTechnologies for Sustainable SocietiesCIV ENG 292AHorvath, AgoginoFall 2017GraduateExploration 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.Graduate standing or consent of instructor., Must be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
Civil and Environmental EngineeringChemisrty of SoilsCIV ENG C116Laura LammersSpring 2017UndergraduateChemical 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 175Jonathan BrayFall 2017UndergraduateSoil 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 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.
ClassicsFood and Religion in Ancient Greece CLASSIC 24Mark GriffithFall 2018Undergraduate
In this course we will look at ancient Greek eating habits, sacrificial customs, and dietary restrictions in relation to their religious and philosophical beliefs. Which animals were killed and eaten, which not--and which kinds or parts of animals were especially significant for religious purposes? What vegetables and fruits were sacred or specially valued? How were foods to be cooked, for religious or non-religious purposes?
College Writing ProgramsEnglish Language Studies: Food Culture in the U.S.COLWRIT 7DPeter B VahleSummer 2018UndergraduateMany 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:
Development PracticePrinciples of Natural Resource Management DEVP 227J Keith GillessSpring 2018GraduateThis 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.
Development StudiesAdvanced Studies in Development Studies "Development and the Environment" DEVSTD 150-002Tiffany 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.
EconomicsNatural Resource Economics ECON C102Larry KarpFall 2017UndergraduateIntroduction 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.
EconomicsIntro to Environmental Economics and Policy ECON C3Peter BerckFall 2017Undergraduate
Introduction to microeconomics with emphasis on resource, agricultural, and environmental issues.
Eearth and Planetary ScienceIntroduction to Oceans EPS N82Jennifer L MurphySummer 2018UndergraduateThe 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.
Prose Nonfiction
Prose Nonfiction - Food Writing
ENGLISH 143Georgina KleegeSpring 2018UndergraduateThis is a creative nonfiction writing workshop focused on the topic of food. Food writing encompasses more than snooty restaurant reviews or poetic descriptions of the taste of wine, coffee, and chocolate. Food writing can include memoir, cultural critique, and scientific explication. Topics writers might pursue include but are not limited to: food traditions, food taboos, food trends, fast food, slow food, junk food, fad diets, eating 
EnglishThe Feeling of Labor ENGLISH R1BFall 2018UndergraduateThis course will take up the changing ways in which work and labor have been depicted in literature and other arts as conditions and conceptions of labor have transformed over time, from subsistence labor to post-industrial production. How have the many modes of work -- agricultural, reproductive, domestic, factory-floor
EnglishSpecial Topics: Arts of Writing: Academic Writing, Grant Writing, Food WritingSchweik, Susan and Rahimtool, Samia ShabnamSpring 2016UndergraduateThis course for juniors and seniors will help students develop writing skills through intensive focus on the demands of three very different modes: academic argument, 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) working on key skills for sophisticated academic writing, 2) 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. Nadine Cruz has written: “Service is a process of integrating intention with action in a context of movement toward a just relationship…an intentionally designed program, a process of learning through reflection on the experience of doing service.” Writing is necessary for a great deal of action in the world, and it is a critical tool for reflection. Students in this class will hone argumentative and creative writing skills, learn the basics of the grant-writing process, gain valuable real-world writing experience, and explore ways of using writing as a tool for integrating action, intention and reflection. Plus we'll eat well and maybe cook together.This small seminar will be limited to twelve students.
Enviromental Science, Policy, and ManagementUrban Garden Ecosystems ESPM 117Miguel AltieriFall 2018UndergraduateAn 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. 
Enviromental Science, Policy, and ManagementSoil Characteristics ESPM 120Celibe PalludFall 2016UndergraduateIntroduction 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.
Enviromental Science, Policy, and ManagementSpecial Topics in ESPM: :Sustainable Water and Food Security" ESPM 150StaffSpring 2017UndergraduateSustainable water and food security
Enviromental Science, Policy, and ManagementSociology and Political Ecology of Agro-Food Systems ESPM 155ACKathryn De MasterFall 2018UndergraduateSociology 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).
Enviromental Science, Policy, and ManagementSustainable Water and Food Security ESPM 177Paolo D'odoricoSpring 2018UndergraduateIn 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.
Enviromental Science, Policy, and ManagementCommunity Engagment in Food Systems ESPM 197Paul RogeFall 2016UndergraduateThis course is a required component of UC Berkeley’s Food Systems minor, an interdisciplinary program that explores the role of food and agriculture systems within the environment and society. To take this course, students must be working toward the minor and of junior or senior standing.

Our global food system is in crisis. Billions of people are undernourished; industrial farming causes pollution; food workers are exploited. Troubled by the unsustainability and injustice that pervade the system, farmers, researchers, policymakers, and citizens are seeking solutions from agroecological farm management to policies that regulate agricultural chemicals. You'll engage experientially and critically as you work with a community partner in our food system. Through reflection, you'll gain insight into the problems with our current food system, the challenges faced by those who want change, and the opportunities to overcome these challenges.
Enviromental Science, Policy, and ManagementThe Biosphere ESPM 2Dennis Baldocchi, Ronald AmundsonFall 2017UndergraduateAn 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.
Enviromental 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 
Enviromental Science, Policy, and ManagementSociology of Agriculture ESPM 230Fall 2018GraduateThis 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.
Enviromental 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.
Enviromental Science, Policy, and ManagementSeminar in Range Ecosystem Planning and PolicyESPM 280James BartolomeFall 2016GraduateA seminar course dealing with selected current topics in range ecosystem planning and policy.
Enviromental Science, Policy, and ManagementBiodiversity and Human Health ESPM 290Claire KremenSpring 2015GraduateThis interdisciplinary seminar, co-taught by a physician and a conservation biologist, will explore the bidirectional relationship between human and ecosystem health. Focusing on our food production system, we will investigate how promoting biodiversity, ecosystem repair and resource conservation relate to our health. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in individual or group projects.
Enviromental Science, Policy, and ManagementFrom Farm to Table: Food Systems in a Changing World ESPM 5Ana C. Galvis-MartinezSummer 2018UndergraduateThis 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
Enviromental Science, Policy, and ManagementEnvironmental Policy, Administration, and Law ESPM 60Alastair IlesFall 2017Undergraduate
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.
Enviromental Science, Policy, and ManagementModeling and Management of Biological Resources ESPM C104Wayne GetzFall 2017Undergraduate
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).
Enviromental 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.
Enviromental Science, Policy, and ManagementFish Ecology ESPM C115CStephanie CarlsonSpring 2017Undergraduate
Introduction 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 Economics and PolicyEconomics of Race, Agriculture, and the EnvironmentENVECON 140ACJeffrey M. RommBefore Fall 2015UndergraduateThis course examines whether and how economic processes explain shifting formations of race and differential experiences among racial groups in U.S. agricultural and environmental systems. It approaches economic processes as organizing dynamics of racial differentiation and integration, and uses comparative experience among different racial and ethnic groups as sources of evidence against which economic theories of differentiation and integration can be tested.1, or one lower division course in a social science, or consent of instructor.
Environmental Economics and PolicyIndustrial Organization with Applications to Agriculture and Natural ResourcesENVECON 142StaffSpring 2016UndergraduateOrganization and performance of agricultural and resource markets. Conduct of firms within those markets, such as price competition, product differentiation, predatory pricing, vertical integration, dealer networks and advertising. The role of public policy in the markets. Case studies include oil cartel OPEC, agricultural cooperatives, vertical integration of food processors and franchising of fast-food chains. Discussion sections cover empirical applications of theory presented during lectures for current environmental and agricultural policies.
Environmental Economics and PolicyNatural Resource Economics ENVECON C102Larry KarpFall 2017Undergraduate
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 2017UndergraduateModels 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 Science, Policy, and ManagementAgriculture Ecology ESPM 118 Timothy M. BowlesFall 2018UndergraduateExamines 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 Management International Rural Development PolicyESPM 165Claudia CarrSpring 2018UndergraduateComparative 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.
Ethnic StudiesInside and Beyond Walls: Migra, Masses and the Carceral State ETHSTD 190ACVictoria Ellen RobinsonSpring 2018UndergraduateTo understand the strategies and struggles against inequality and powerlessness brought by state violence. How are the social immobilizations of low income and communities of color challenged by movements seeking to ensure communities true security through basic necessities such as food, shelter and freedom? This course meets the American Cultures (AC) requirement through its integration of research and analysis of the comparative racial dimensions of incarceration and immigration criminalization.
GeographyPrehistoric AgricultureGEOG 109Roger ByrneFall 2014UndergraduateAgricultural origins and dispersals in the light of recent biological and archaeological evidence.
GeographyFood and Environment GEOG 130James Gabriel EckhouseSummer 2018UndergraduateHow 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 2018UndergraduatePolitical 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
GeographySpecial Topics: The Political Ecology of Land Grabs: Food, Resources, Enviroment, and DevelopmentGEOG 170StaffFall 2016Undergraduate
This course is designed to provide a vehicle for instructors to address a topic with which they are especially concerned; usually more restricted than the subject matter of a regular lecture course. Topics will vary with instructor. See departmental announcements.
GeographyGlobal Ecology and DevelopmentGEOG 35Michael WattsBefore Fall 2013UndergraduateProblems of Third World poverty and development have come to be seen as inseparable from environmental health and sustainability. The course explores the global and interconnected character of environment and development in the less developed world. Drawing on case studies of the environmental problems of the newly industrializing states, food problems, and environmental security in Africa, and the global consequences of tropical deforestation in Amazonia and carbon dioxide emissions in China, this course explores how growth and stagnation are linked to problems of environmental sustainability.
GeographyCaliforniaGEOG 50 ACLunine, S RFall 2017Undergraduate
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.
Haas School of BusinessFood Venture LabRosenzweig, WFall 2015UndergraduateThe Food Venture Lab is focused on enabling students to identify and define pressing challenges and unmet needs in the food-system and develop market-based, entrepreneurial solutions to solve them. It blends design thinking, lean-launch, rapid prototyping, business model development and venture formation into a rapid paced and accelerated experiential learning program. This is a 1 unit course taking place on Wednesday evenings from 6-9:30pm. Any non-Haas student interested in the course should email and they will be directed to the official request system
HistoryProseminar: Problems in Interpretation in the Several Fields of History: United States - Foodways in American History HISTORY 103DN/AFall 2017UndergraduateThis course will introduce students to the history of foodways in North America from the Columbian Exchange through late twentieth century. Through the lens of food, students will examine major themes in American environmental history, social and cultural history, and the history of globalization and capitalism. Key topics include: the environmental impact of the Columbian Exchange; the legacy of slavery on American and global foodways; the role of food in constructing American identities, including understandings of race, gender, class, and immigrant communities; the industrialization and regulation of food production; the rise of nutrition science and public health movements; and the countercultural food movement of the late twentieth century. The course will also focus on historical methods, examining how historians form research questions and use primary and secondary sources to construct historical arguments. The course will prepare students to write their 101 thesis by guiding them through the process of writing a research prospectus on any topic in the history of foodways in North America.
HistorySlavery, Agricultural Labor, and the Economy in the later Roman Empire HISTORY 280ASusanna ElmFall 2018GraduateBeginning with a discussion of the principal historiographic works and hence the central areas of scholarly controversy regarding slavery and other forms of agricultural labor and the late Roman economy
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 
Integrative BiologyEthnobiology, Nutrition, and Global Food Systems INTEGBI 24Thomas J CarlsonFall 2018UndergraduateWe 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. We will also compare the nutritional qualities, health effects, and carbon footprint of conventional industrial food, organic food, 
Integrative BiologyHolocene Paleoecology: How Humans Changed the EarthINTEGBI C155KirchSpring 2014UndergraduateSince the end of the Pleistocene and especially with the development of agriculturally based societies humans have had cumulative and often irreversible impacts on natural landscapes and biotic resources worldwide. Thus "global change" and the biodiversity crisis are not exclusively developments of the industrial and post-industrial world. This course uses a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing upon methods and data from archaeology, palynology, geomorphology, paleontology, and historical ecology to unravel the broad trends of human ecodynamics over the past 10,000 years. Also listed as Anthropology C129D.Either Anthropology 2 or Biology 1A.
Interdisciplinary Social Science Programs
Critical Issues in Global Studies
"Food, Drink, Culture, Politics"
GLOBAL 10BDarren C ZookFall 2018UndergraduateFew 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
Interdisciplinary Social Science ProgramsPerspectives For Sustainable Rural Development GLOBAL 123LClara NicholisFall 2018UndergraduateThis 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.) the elements of a sustainable agroecological development path are 
Interdisciplinary Social Science ProgramsPolitical Economy of FoodPOLECON 150Tiffany L. PageSpring 2018UndergraduateFood is critical to our survival. Yet, there are people throughout the world who do not have access to sufficient and/or healthy food. A number of social movements focused on food-related issues have sprouted up in both the Global North and the Global South in recent decades. In this course, we will examine the national and international political and economic dynamics that shape production, distribution and access to healthy food, as 
International And Area StudiesThe Economics of Climate ChangeIAS C175AnthoffFall 2014UndergraduateThe course will start with a brief introduction and evaluation of the scientific aspects behind climate change. Economic models will be developed to analyze the impacts of climate change and provide and critique existing and proposed policy tools. Specific topics studied are impacts on water resources and agriculture, economic evaluation of impacts, optimal control of greenhouse gases, benefit cost analysis, international treaty formation, discounting, uncertainty, irreversibility, and extreme events. Also listed as Environmental Economics and Policy C175.
Italian StudiesAdvanced Grammar, Reading, and Composition ITALIAN 101BGiuliana PercoSpring 2016UndergraduateItalian Studies 101B is a reading and writing intensive course for students who are already proficient in Italian. Its goal is to help students improve their grammar and perfect their writing and reading skills, in preparation for advanced literature courses in Italian.A variety of authentic texts of a different nature, from literature, to news articles, as well as video, audio clips, and songs will be included in the materials for the course. This semester, the course will revolve around "made in Italy" icons, one of which is food--the focus of the first half of the semester. In this class, we will be discussion fundamental questions on food sustainability, food production and marketing, food scarcity, politics and food, GMOs, and more. We will also cover the Slow Food Movement, "Terra Madre," the effort to preserve seed, and the Italian movement "Libera terra," which reclaims land previously controlled by criminal organizations and uses for sustainable, organic, and 'legal' agriculture while employing disadvantaged members of society.
Italian StudiesReading italian LiteratureITALIAN 104Danielle CallegariFall 2016UndergraduateA Feast of Words: Italian Literature in 12 Meals
From Dante and Catherine of Siena to Italo Calvino and Dacia Maraini, the Italian authors who have enchanted the imagination and installed themselves as canonical figures have persistently relied on food in their writing. While the general allure of a gastronomic theme might seem obvious to us, literary representations of food in fact contain complicated and profound messages. Taking up twelve iconic meals as depicted in Italian literature across the ages, we will strive to find a thread that connects them and leads us to see how food can be used to express everything from religious convictions to political strategies to social values and more. Our goal will be to interpret these gastronomic moments in classic texts in order to understand how authors manipulated the universal appeal and collective values of food to communicate with their audiences and comment on their society. We will use a variety of sources - audio, image, text - and tap into the greater resources of the UC Berkeley environment - its museums, libraries, film centers - to enhance our exploration of the relationship between food and Italian literature.
Italian Studies 101A and 101B or permission of the instructor
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”
JournalismScience Reporting--How to Read, Make Sense of, and Write about Emerging Research in Food and Nutrition JOURN 219Marion NestleSpring 2015Graduate
JournalismMaster's Project Seminar (Following the Foodchain)JOURN 294Michael PollanSpring 2014GraduateAdvanced study of methods of reporting developments in such fields as science, education, health, or the environment.
Landscape Architecture and Environmental PlanningEcological AnalysisLD ARCH 110DronovaFall 2017UndergraduateAnalysis 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 110LDronovaFall 2017UndergraduateIntroduction 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 112KooyumjianSpring 2017UndergraduateThis 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 PlanningEnvironmental Science for Sustainable DevelopmentLD ARCH 12Louise MozingoFall 2017UndergraduateThe 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 PlanningSustainable Landscapes and CitiesLD ARCH 130StrykerSpring 2016UndergraduateThis course introduces the foundations of sustainability most related to the restoration, design, and creation of landscapes and cities. The underlying principles of ecology, nature, and democracy are concretized in centered-ness, connectedness, fairness, sensible status seeking, sacredness, particular-ness, selective diversity, density and smallness, limited extent, adaptability, everyday future, naturalness, inhabiting science, reciprocal stewardship, and pacing.
Landscape Architecture and Environmental PlanningThe American Designed Landscape Since 1850LD ARCH C171MozingoFall 2017UndergraduateThis 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.
Landscape Architecture and Environmental PlanningEnvironmental Science for Sustainable Development LDARCH 12G. Mathias KondolfFall 2018UndergraduateThe 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, opportunities to increase sustainability of processes/practices. Discussion/lab section involves field data collection/analysis
Latin American StudiesAdvanced Studies in Latin American Studies: Perspectives for Sustainable Rural Development in Latin AmericaLATAMST150Clara 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.
LawPublic Law and Policy Workshop: Advanced Constitutional and Administrative Law TopicsLaw 220.GDaniel A. Farber, Holly DoremusSpring 2017GraduateThis seminar will present papers on public law by leading scholars from Berkeley Law and other schools. Topics this semester will include technological advances and public law (such as constitutional and administrative law). Students are expected to read the papers in advance and to participate in a workshop with the author. Grade will be based on four response papers and on class participation. Confirmed speakers will present papers on electronic surveillance and the Fourth Amendment, gene editing and the law, climate change, empirical study of urban crime, food safety, DNA and the criminal justice system, and drones and cyberwar. Students with an interest in law and technology, as well as student interested in constitutional and administrative law, are encouraged to enroll.
LawFood Law and PolicyLaw 220FVan Houweling, SugarmanSpring 2015GraduateThis 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
LawEnvironmental Law Clinic ()Law 2295.5E Polsky, VohryzekFall 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.
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.
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