GCC 3001/5001

Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It?

In this course, we will seek solutions to the challenge of achieving global food security and sustainability. Together, we will work to answer the question, "Can we feed the world without destroying it?" The course begins with lectures and skills workshops, followed by a series of interactive panels with guest experts. We will also prepare group projects that are focused on finding innovative solutions to this grand challenge. We will learn about the fundamental changes occurring in the global food system, the environment, and our civilization as a whole. We will explore how to approach inherently interdisciplinary problems, how to identify solutions that are truly sustainable in the long term, and how science and technology can inform decision-making.


What Students are Saying

“I came to the class having an idea of how complicated the problems are, and was curious how the class would break down those problems. What changed for me personally was the idea that complicated problems can be addressed if we work on them relentlessly.”

“The most impactful part of this experience was realizing that students are taking these classes for reasons bigger than themselves, not just to take a class. Through that we’ve realized that we have to collaborate to succeed.”

Course Details

Meeting Time: Fall 2017, Tuesdays from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: East Bank 

Liberal Education Theme: Environment

Topics: Global Food System, Environment, Sustainability

Credits: 3

Prerequsites: must be a sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student

Professors: Jason HillDavid Tilman