The Ecology of Food is an exploration of food from the following perspectives: the importance of food (requirements for human health, supply and demand), the distribution of starvation and abundance, the ecological and economic reasons for this distribution, the amount and sources of energy involved in food production, the role of food production in sustainability issues (water, energy and soil/nutrient supply), the economics of food and food production, various forms of agriculture used to produce food and, finally, food security in a global marketplace. The goal of the course is not to make you feel guilty (or happy) about your diet but to raise your awareness about the food you eat, what it actually is, where it comes from, how we got to the point that we eat the way we do and whether where we are at is necessarily where we want to be. Along the way, we will all learn a lot about topics we have never thought about long enough or deeply enough. My hope is that we will all have a greater appreciation of food and our relationship to it by the time the course is over.


Liberation Theology is a strand of theology that began to take shape in the 1960s under the leadership of Catholic theologians and priests from Central and South America.  Since its inception, it has been adopted, adapted, and developed by a variety of groups from various religious backgrounds across the globe. The purpose of this course is to explore the historical, theological, and practical elements of Liberation Theology.  The course will consist of reading primary and secondary texts by scholars from Latin America, Africa, Asia, and North America.  Along the way, we will consider such things as the historical background of Liberation Theology, the core elements of Liberation Theology, whether or not there is a Liberation Theology or many Liberation Theologies, if Liberation Theology is specific to the Christian tradition, and the relationship between orthodoxy and orthopraxy.  We will also evaluate the critiques that have been levied against Liberation Theology and ask whether or not those critiques are consistent with the intentions of those who practice Liberation Theology.  One of the concluding goals of this course is to develop the capacity to articulate the contours of Liberation Theology to a broad audience and demonstrate how it can be applied in our contemporary context.


The introduces students to, and offers a basis for the critique of, the most common categories by which contemporary religions are compared: history, scripture, rituals, ethics, and political claims. It is a level II CTI course, cross-listed as a 200 level religion course, satisfying aspects of the religion major. This version is created to meet the demands for a Tuesday-Thursday version of the course.

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