Spring Course Offering with International Travel

In Spring 2020, Dr. Schulz will be offering a Values Seminar/DeSales Experience course on the Economics and Ethics of food. The course is called PL 478: Work and Leisure. At the conclusion of the course, enrolled students will have access to a travel grant to spend eight days in Barcelona, Spain, and Florence, Italy, where they will explore the cities and participate in foodie tours (pasta-making class in Italy, anyone?). If you’ve never been to Europe, this is a great first introduction to European art, culture and cuisine!
The course begins with a brief overview of classic arguments about markets in Aristotle (The Politics), Adam Smith (The Wealth of Nations), and Karl Marx (The Communist Manifesto) before exploring the moral and cultural importance of food and food systems with Leon Kass (The Hungry Soul), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) and Wendell Berry (The Unsettling of America). We will end with a discussion of consumer ethics–what we can do as consumers to build a just and sustainable food system. This is a seminar/discussion-based course, so please join us!