Course Policies, Communication and Course Resources

Course Resources, Communication and Information Management Teams, in consultation with me, the TA and lead students, will select actual readings, multimedia resources and visits and speakers to support their learning over the course of the semester.

Expected time commitment and tracking time: 

We expect that you will spend approximately 6 hours per week (averaged over the semester) on readings and work for this class. Please keep a time log in which you record tasks and time spent (to the nearest 1/4 hour).

Preliminary Resources, to be developed throughout the semester:

Core resources:

CLF Teaching the Food System, This is an online curriculum published by the Center for a Livable Future, JHSPH, JHU)(basic text in core concepts of Food System Studies).

The following books are listed as course texts and are available for purchase at the UMBC bookstore; groups may pool resources and purchase books to share.

Philip Ackerman Leist (2013) Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable and Secure Food Systems, White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing. This book includes case studies and hands-on information about social and for-profit innovations that foster local food economies supporting economic development and environmental sustainability.

Gottlieb. R., & Joshi, A.  (2010) Food Justice, Boston: The MIT Press. This book includes case studies about social entrepreneurs undertaking seed-to-table food system reform seeking to improve equity across ethnic, income and geographic demographic groups in the US. (Gottlieb is an Environmental Studies Professor at Occidental College).

Winne, M. (2008) Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty, Boston: Beacon Press. Winne is a fellow at the JHU School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future and leader in the development of local and regional food policy councils and local food strategies. The book is particularly useful in exploring how state and local public agencies can collaborate with the civil and private sector actors and initiatives to leverage system change.

Klindienst, P. (2006) The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans, Boston: Beacon Press. This is a non-fiction journalistic series of essays exploring various immigra.nt, refugee and other ethnic group gardens throughout the US.

Publications from international experts on the Right to Food, climate change, sustainable agriculture, and related issues, including:

  • the UN Special Rapporteur’s various documents on the Right to Food,
  • the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the
  • UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • UNCTAD “Wake Up Before It’s Too Late”
  • World Watch reports

Multimedia, podcasts, lectures, TED talks, especially from the annual, TedxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” annual symposia presentations featuring people from academia, civil society and the private sector who are involved in food system study and innovation

Communications, assignments and document sharing:

  • Google Drive and Word Press: Some of the readings will be shared and assignments will be delivered through a shared google drive “Creating Food System Justice” and through our Course WordPress, “INDS 430: Creating Food System Justice”.
  • Slack: We will utilized “Slack” (and email) to communicate with our teams and across teams.
  • Blackboard: I will use Bb sparingly, to record attendance and grades, send group announcements, and possibly to store some documents.

Attendance is mandatory

UMBC Academic Integrity Statement

By enrolling in this course, each student assumes the responsibilities of an active participant in UMBC’s scholarly community in which everyone’s academic work and behavior are held to the highest standards of honesty. Cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and helping others to commit these acts are all academic deceit and prohibited forms of misconduct that may subject the student to disciplinary action, including but not limited to suspension or dismissal.  The professor reserves the right to penalize the student’s grade, including an F for the assignment or course, depending on the severity of the misconduct.  Please see these various sources for a more detailed statement and description of this policy: the Student Academic Conduct Policy in the UMBC Student Handbook, the Faculty Handbook, or the UMBC Policies section of the UMBC Directory. Information and guidance is available at

UMBC Statement on Students with Disabilities

UMBC is committed to eliminating discriminatory obstacles that may disadvantage students based on disability.  Student Support Services (SSS)
is the UMBC department designated to:

  • receive and maintain confidential files of disability-related documentation,
  • certify eligibility for services,
  • determine reasonable accommodations,
  • develop with each student plans for the provision of such accommodations, and
  • serve as a liaison between faculty members and students regarding disability-related issues.

If you have a disability and want to request accommodations, contact SSS in the Math/Psych Building, Room 213 or Academic IV-B wing Room 345 (or call 410-455-2459 or 410-455-3250). SSS will require you to provide appropriate documentation of disability and complete a Request for Services form available at  If you require accommodations for this class, make an appointment to meet with me to discuss your SSS-approved accommodations.


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