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Sustainability Course Guide

A variety of courses available at UNC-Chapel Hill align with Sustainable Carolina’s mission of building and balancing societal well-being, ecological integrity and economic prosperity. This searchable list contains a comprehensive list of sustainability courses available at Carolina. Not all are offered every semester. Check ConnectCarolina for up-to-date course availability and scheduling information.

Please note that if a course has more than one Gen Ed with the “FC” prefix, the course likely fulfills one OR the other “FC” Gen Ed.

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Introduction to Food Studies: From Science to Society

Introduction to food studies covering a variety of topics including how food was consumed over history, land use and aquaculture, food in the arts, food and culture in the American South, food politics, and nutrition science.

Course: AMST 175, NUTR 175, ANTH 175

Credits: 3


Food and American Culture: What We Eat and Who We Are

This course will take students on a journey through some of the key moments in “American” food studies and its beginnings across a range of disciplinary homes: the study of nutrition and food security; the study of food systems and the vocabularies that subtend them.

Course: AMST 276

Credits: 3

Gen Ed: CI, US

Southern Food Studies

Explores the historical arc and study of food in America and how culinary cultures reflect regional, national, and global narratives, challenges, and identities. As an intriguing lens on to the American experience, food reveals how race, class, gender, and place are entwined in cuisine, food economies, and interactions.

Course: AMST 375, FOLK 375

Credits: 3


Rising Waters: Strategies for Resilience to the Challenges of Climate and the Built Environment

This service-learning seminar examines water threats to port cities and low-lying areas from sea-level rise, extreme weather, and inadequate infrastructure. The focus is on the Americas, small and barrier islands, and high hazard regions including the South East and Gulf Coast communities. The APPLES project will focus on North Carolina resilience strategies. Recommended for juniors and seniors. Permission of the instructor for first year students. Honors version available

Course: AMST 460

Credits: 3

Gen Ed: CI, EE- Service Learning, FC-CREATE, FC-GLOBAL, HI-SERVICE, SS

Human Evolution and Adaptation

Evolutionary and ecological approach to understanding the human species’ past and contemporary human variation. Emphasis on evolutionary processes, biological adaptation, and biocultural interactions with diverse environments.

Course: ANTH 143

Credits: 3

Gen Ed: PL

Anthropological Perspectives on Food and Culture

Anthropological perspectives on foodways. This course examines the biological basis of human diets as well as the historical and cultural contexts of food production, preparation, presentation, and consumption.

Course: ANTH 151

Credits: 3


Anthropology and Community Development

The course examines ethnographic, theoretical, practical, and policy approaches to community development and community organizations in America and the English-speaking Caribbean. Students can work with a local community organization.

Course: ANTH 194

Credits: 3


Food, Environment, and Sustainability

Explores the nexus of agricultural, ecological, and food systems as they dynamically interact. The class examines case studies from North Carolina and other parts of the world. Themes include nutrition, food security, agroecology, and sustainable livelihoods. Students engage in readings, class projects, and hands-on activities in a laboratory setting.

Course: ANTH 237, ENEC 237

Credits: 3


Anthropology of Development

Critical exploration of current debates in the anthropology of Third World development, the production of global inequality, and the construction of parts of the world as underdeveloped through discourses and practices of development.

Course: ANTH 320

Credits: 3

Gen Ed: GL, SS

Political Ecology

Examines environmental degradation, hunger, and poverty through the lens of power relationships, particularly inequality, political and economic disenfranchisement, and discrimination. Discussion of global case studies, with a Latin American focus.

Course: ANTH 439

Credits: 3


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