YAL2 - Future of Food: Environment, Health, and Law
3 July 2017 – 4 August 2017
Hosted by Yale University
This seminar will explore significant environmental, health, and energy challenges posed by global food production. These challenges all have complex histories of corporate innovation, law & regulation, scientific inquiry, confidential information, highly profitable markets, international trade, broad public acceptance, global environmental contamination, human exposure to hazardous substances, and abuse of labor, immigrants, and animals. They all offer insight into what might be: a future of “responsible food.”
More specifically, the course will examine these challenges:
- Radionuclides and the Global Ecology of Food
- Agricultural Chemicals: Pesticides & International Trade
- Palm Oil: Biodiversity, Air Pollution, & Human Health
- Plastics: Energy Conservation, Waste, & Recovery
- Livestock: Pharmaceuticals Dietary Convergence
In exploring and analyzing these challenges, students will consider the following dimensions.
- Environmental & Health Risks
- Law & Regulation: US and International
- Economic Evaluation: Supply Chains; Cost & Benefit Types, Magnitudes and Distributions
- Scientific Evaluation: Risk Magnitude & Distribution, Perception, & Acceptability
- Religious & Ideological Influences
- Private Sector Innovation
- Ethical Dimensions Consumer Choices
The program will include a welcome lunch and campus tour and a farewell dinner. The course will also include a day trip to the United Nations in New York City.
Target Audience/ Prerequisites
This course requires a TOEFL of 100 on the internet-based test. There are no academic prerequisites for the course.
Delivery Method & Learning Outcomes
Classes will include lectures, reading discussions, and team presentations.
Teams will work separately to analyze challenges posed in lectures and to propose solutions. Each student will participate in two team presentations during the course. Following team presentations, all students will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed solutions.
In addition, each student will prepare an individual research paper of 3,000 words related to the course subjects. The paper will be broken into intermediate steps, beginning with a statement of topic and outline (due week 2), followed by an annotated literature review (due week 3). The paper will be due on the final day of the course.
25% Discussion of Readings & Class Participation
50% Term Paper
Credit equivalent at host university & Contact hours
1 Yale College credit (the equivalent of 3-4 credit hours at other U.S. institutions)
32.5 total contact hours (classroom) + 8 field trip hours (excluding self-study hours)
Lecturer(s) / Tutor(s)
John Wargo, Tweed-Ordway Professor of Environmental Health and Political Science, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies & Department of Political Science, Yale University, and Chair, Yale College Environmental Studies Major & Program
Students will live in one of Yale’s residential colleges.
Students must arrive on Sunday, 2 July 2017
Students will be able to check in from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Checkout date is Saturday, 5 August 2017 by 9 a.m.
Students may not stay longer in Yale housing; however, there are hotels available in New Haven for those who wish to stay beyond the checkout date.
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Tuition FeesUSD 1,950 (with the Yale Summer Session Tuition Scholarship)
AccommodationIncluding any deposits: USD 1,647.50 (with the Banco Santander 50% Room and Board Scholarship)
Health Insurance Fee (if applicable): USD 65
Living ExpensesUSD 300 (depends on your personal spending habits)
Visa FeesUSD 360. Check the consulate website for exact fees.
ScholarshipsYale Summer Session 50% tuition scholarship, Banco Santander 50% room and board scholarship, and a discounted visa processing fee (if applicable).
Required and/or Recommended Insurance(s)
Visiting international students obtaining an I-20 for an F-1 student visa will automatically be enrolled in and charged for health insurance by Yale Summer Session for the duration of the program.
Further Required Application Material
Upon acceptance, students will need to register with Yale Summer Session (YSS), by submitting an on-line application and upload additional application materials. Students will receive a detailed e-mail from YSS with detailed instructions on what needs to be submitted. In addition to the on-line application, they will have to provide a bank letter stating they have sufficient funds to cover the cost of the program. This is needed for us to petition for an I-20 for the student visa. We will also need a scan of their name page of their passport.
Yale Summer Session website: http://summer.yale.edu/