GEOG 497, section 005 – Forests, Agriculture, and Human Health: Evidence, Policy, and Landscape Approaches
MW 2:30-3:45 p.m. in 219 Willard Building
Class # 29350
This course will examine multi-disciplinary research on the ways forests and agricultural systems interact with human health, nutrition and food security. Some examples include the ways forests and biodiversity contribute to diet and nutrition, zoononic infections mediated by agricultural practices, the role of forests in cultural and psychological well-being, and the ways forest loss impacts the spread of vector born disease, and the impacts of agrarian transitions on gender and resource control needed to ensure food security / food sovereignty. It will seek to strengthen students’ interdisciplinary research skills and specifically their ability to communicate effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team. Students will be introduced to the ways scientific evidence can inform and shape international- (United Nations) and national-level policy making and specifically examine “Landscape Approaches” as a case study for policy and policy change.