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LOLLINI Niccolo “Global Agri-food Systems”

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1. Class Subject Multiculturalism in Society 1
2. Class Title Etc. Global Agri-food Systems
3. Number of Credits 2
4. Eligible Years Undergraduate students : 1-4
5. Instructor LOLLINI Niccolo
6. Term/Day/Period First Semester/ Thursday/ fifth Period (16:00-17:30)
7. Language English
8. Class Outline, Objectives This course provides students with a general understanding of critical issues in global food provisioning and differences characterizing food systems in modern market economies. The course provides a critical view on the development and current state of agriculture and food governance at the global level and at the national level with a focus on Japan's case. The course relies on various theoretical-disciplinary frameworks including agricultural economics, international political economy, geography, and rural sociology. Key topics addressed in this course include processes of agrarian transformation, agricultural policy formation, food supply chains governance, sustainability issues in food production, food sovereignty and alternative food networks.
9. Class Schedule 1) Introductory class: global issues in modern food provisioning
2) Political economy approach to agri-food systems
3) Agricultural development and agrarian change dynamics
4) Food systems and food supply chains
5) Free market and state intervention in agriculture: markets, competition, and efficiency
6) Free market and state intervention in agriculture: trade policy and state support
7) Global food governance and food labelling
8) Sustainability issues in global food provisioning
9) Food consumption, food waste, and nutrition
10) Food sovereignty and alternative food networks
11) ALH1 - Students present and discuss a specific issue related to food supply chains
12) ALH2 - Students present and discuss a specific issue related to food supply chains
13) Agrarian transformation in Japan
14) Fruit production and consumption in Japan
15) Fresh food wholesale market in Japan
10. Evaluation/Assignments Class participation (10%); ALH presentation-discussion (20%); Take-home essay (70%)
11. Textbooks A reading list and instructions on how to access the readings will be provided on the first class.
12. Out of Class Study The readings must be completed before classes.
13. Notes on Enrolling
14. Syllabus URL Global Agri-food Systems (TBA)
15. ICL Enrollment Limit 5
16. Language Requirements Upper-Intermediate English
17. Frequency of Intercultural Collaborative Learning Activities 10%
18. Other (Notes for ICL Enrollees)
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