McAfee - IR426 International Political Economy of Food and Hunger

Syllabus for Guidance - IR 428/Geog 428 International Political Economy of Food & Hunger

Professor: Kathleen McAfee

NOTA BENE! SYLLABUS IS FOR GUIDANCE ONLY! THE INSTRUCTOR WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH THE MOST RECENT SYLLABUS ON COURSE START DATE!

Prerequisites:

ENG214 & upper-division standing

REQUIRED TEXTS

Tony Weiss 2007 The Global Food Economy: The Battle for the Future of Farming ($17.50) Zed Books ISBN 1-84277-795-5

Dan Imhoff 2012 Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to a Food and Farm Bill 2nd edition ($12-$17) University of CA Press. ISBN 978-0970950079

Raj Patel 2008 Stuffed & Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System ($14) Melville House ISBN 978-1933633497

GRADING

Commodity group oral reports = up to 200 points All group members get the same score

Participation: attendance, class discussions & iLearn forums, & in-class quizzes = up to 200 points

Midterm = up to 300 points

Final exam = up to 300 points

COURSE LOGISTICS, RULES, AND TIPS:

The syllabus is subject to change, but with notice.

We’ll stick to it unless there’s an emergency or compelling reason, such as availability of a guest speaker.

Attendance

Will be taken. People who miss more than one class may be dropped. There aren’t enough seats for all the people who want to take this course. Be sure after the 1st class meeting that you’re committed.

Reading:

You really have to do it if you want to do well on the exams and participate intelligently in class. Lectures will make a lot more sense if you do the reading before class. The texts have been ordered via the SFSU bookstore but can be bought on-line

iLearn

Is your source for the supplemental required & optional readings. You can read them online or –better– print the readings to highlight or underline. ILearn has on-line help. If that’s not enough, iLearn staff can advise you. ILearn also enables instructors to keep track of your participation and progress & maintain a record of your grades.

Assignments & on-line participation

(not exams) are handled digitally. Usually the assignment will ask you to post something on an iLearn forum provided for that purpose. You can also post URLs (links) & attachments. If you upload other peoples’ material or your own written work on iLearn, the preferred format is MSWord. You can also use .pdf or .rtf or plain text, but avoid .wpd .wps formats.

Reports from the Commodities Groups

are the main assignment in this class. They will be presented orally. Groups are encouraged to use PowerPoint &/or other audio-visual technology - tested in advance! - to present images, figures, and statistics. We will have a library session, as well as some work time in class and help from our teaching assistant.

Exams:

Mid-terms & final will comprise essay questions based on the readings, lectures, videos, and speakers.

Pop quizzes:

Are always a possibility. At least one quiz will be announced in advance.

Videos:

They are informative & not just for fun, with issues, concepts, & examples that WILL appear on exams.

Speakers:

I’m inviting several speakers. Speakers may present ideas relevant to exams. People who take time to talk to us are not paid and are often taking time from their families or adding to own work, so please be respectful.

Participation

is very important. You can’t get an A unless you attend regularly and speak up in discussions. If you have troubles doing this, before you come to class, plan at least one think to say even if it’s just a question. If you’re still shy, speak to the instructor and/or the TA. You can also participate by contributing to iLearn discussion forums.

Leaders, shy people, & motor-mouths:

Every class has students who like to talk and feel at ease doing so. If you’re one, great. But please keep your points succinct and give others a chance. If problematic patterns arise, such as one gender speaking more than other(s), we’ll address that.

Office hours

Are for your benefit. If work or class schedules prevent you from coming at the stated times, the instructor or TA usually make an appointment with you at a mutually convenient time & place. Send an email with 428 in the subject line.

E-mail:

Schedule changes and other announcements will be sent to the address you use when you enroll. If you use a different address, be sure to have your email forwarded & check it regularly. The instructor or TA will try to answer e-mailed question you use more than one address, it’s hard for us to keep track of you. When you send e-messages, put IR428 in the subject line

Tutoring:

We can arrange some tutoring sessions with the for small groups of students who are doing the work but having difficulty. If you want help, you have to let us know! Waiting until just before the exams won’t work.

Students with disabilities

who need reasonable accommodations are encouraged to contact the instructor. The Disability Programs & Resource Center facilitates the accommodations process. The DPRC, in SSB 110, can be reached by telephone at 2724 (voice/TTY) or by e-mail at dprc@sfsu.edu.

Plagiarism will result at least in failure of the assignment and possibly failure of the class or expulsion from the university. F information about what constitutes plagiarism see: Plagiarism - The Do's and Don'ts and IUB - Plagiarism.

Laptops & other gadgets:

If you take digital notes, no problem. You may be asked to show your notes to the instructor. If you watch U-tube or on Facebook it will become obvious, embarrassing, & may result in a deduction from your participation grade.

NOTA BENE! SYLLABUS IS FOR GUIDANCE ONLY! THE INSTRUCTOR WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH THE MOST RECENT SYLLABUS ON COURSE START DATE!