Social Capital for Regenerative Communities (APA2303.01)

Tatiana Abatemarco & Susan Sgorbati

Social capital expands the measure of value to social support and connectedness, which are externalized by the neoclassical economic model. Regenerative agriculture is the movement to create agricultural systems that build soil biodiversity and sequester carbon dioxide. This class will explore the possibility for social capital as a means to ensure that regenerative agriculture projects are part of larger efforts to create food justice and sovereignty. In this class we will research social capital and its critiques. As a community engaged component to the class, students will meet with farmers and others working in sustainable and regenerative food systems to gather their ideas about social capital. Students will also research and present findings and recommendations to the Regenerative Food Network on the feasibility of social capital as a means of creating a just, regenerative food system. 

Learning Outcomes:
Students in this class are invited to:
1. Analyze social capital and regenerative agriculture literature to draw connections between these concepts.
2. Evaluate the feasibility of alternative economic models to address social inequity.
3. Engage with experts and community members working on the ground in regenerative agriculture, sustainable food systems, and food security.
4. Research, write, and present on specific topics related to social capital for the benefit of the local community.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 2
Th 10:00AM - 11:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 25
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: Advancement of Public Action , All courses , Environment , SCT
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