College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Class Offerings 2012.01.20

January 20, 2012

ESPM 98/198: Food and Social Justice in California
ESPM 199: Upper Division Supervised Independent Study and Research Opportunity in Agroecology
SLC Writing Program's Other Voices Course
Freshman/Sophomore Seminars
ED182AC: The Politics of Educational Inequality

ESPM 98/198: Food and social justice in California
Spring 2012 M 106 Mulford CCN: ESPM 98: 29064 / ESPM 198: 29859
This course focuses on race, class and culture in California agro-food systems since the mid-19th century and in the contemporary food justice movement. Topics include the historical geography of agro-food systems in California, farm labor and public health issues, water rights and politics, urban food deserts, gardens and markets, local and community supported agriculture, organic agriculture, and agricultural policy. Class meets once per week in a seminar-style format requiring substantive participation. Students will also be required to engage in the contemporary food justice movement by volunteering with Bay Area organizations for twelve hours during the semester. If you have more than 60 units, including AP and other transfer coursework, you can enroll in ESPM 198.


ESPM 199: Upper Division Supervised Independent Study and Research Opportunity in Agroecology
The laboratory of agroecology is seeking 5-7 committed undergraduate students for
Spring semester 2012 for independent study in ongoing ecologically based pest management research in California wine grapes. The research is designed to evaluate the influence of floral resource provisioning and landscape complexity on biological control of key insect pests in California vineyards. Students selected for the ESPM 199 will be involved in all field activities, including collecting and processing samples, supporting ongoing laboratory experiments, and weekly discussion of readings in agroecology, sustainable agriculture and ecologically based pest management.

Applicants should be junior or senior standing; GPA of 3.0 or higher; basic entomology class (preferred, but not necessary); prior field/laboratory experience (preferred, but not necessary);
interest in graduate studies in agroecology and sustainable farming systems.Spring semester 2012, 9-12 hours/week (3-4 units). Opportunities for paid summer internships and renewal for fall term.

Please contact graduate students Houston Wilson and Albie Miles no later than 5pm Friday, January 27th to schedule an interview appointment: albiemiles@berkeley.edu / houston@berkeley.edu


SLC Writing Program's Other Voices Course
Spring 2012 M/W CCN: 28219 (freshmen/sophomores), 28459 (juniors/seniors)
Other Voices is an exciting course sponsored by the Student Learning Center and the English Department. It introduces students to the literary studies currently being undertaken by Berkeley faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and community artists interested in issues of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and the formations of diverse, innovative, and emerging literary cultures.

The central aims of the course are to raise student awareness of the role literature has played in shaping the historical debates about multiculturalism and rethink the ways we conceptualize identities in the United States. The course also affirms student experiences, promotes student dialogue and activism, and presents a forum for discussing interactions between diverse subjects, communities, and institutions.

Guest lecturers will come to speak at our Monday 12-1 lectures in 200 Martin Luther King, Jr Student Union (The Multicultural Community Center). There are one-hour discussion sections that meet on Wednesdays at the same time, from 12-1. Website: http://slc.berkeley.edu/writing/othervoices.htm


Freshman/Sophomore Seminars
There are still a lot of Freshman and Sophomore seminars with seats available. Find out more at http://fss.berkeley.edu/news.lasso.


ED182AC The Politics of Educational Inequality
Spring 2012 T/Th 2:00-3:30pm 101 Moffitt

Current discourse around public education frames it as a system in crisis – a system that is failing a non-trivial number of its students. This course explores the state of the American public education system with a focus on how success within that system varies by race, class, and gender. It begins with an overview of educational attainment across different racial, class, and gender groups within the United States, including Euro-Americans, African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans. It then explores the history and current structure of educational policymaking, with a focus on how these structures affected different types of students. It concludes by investigating how the impact of different approaches to reform, including de(and re)segregation, school finance reform, school choice, English immersion, testing/assessment regimes, and zero tolerance disciplinary practices, varies according to students’ race, class, nativity, or gender, with an eye toward discovering the best approaches to reducing educational inequality in the United States.