The FEED Collaborative offers a number of integrated, project-based courses that allow students to work collaboratively with industry thought leaders on important problems in the food system. Students who take our courses meet and work closely with innovators and entrepreneurs, gain meaningful experience in the field, and develop connections with faculty, students and others working to create impact in the food system.
EARTHSYS 289(A): FEED LAB - Food System Design & Innovation
FEED Lab is a 3-4 unit introductory course in design thinking and food system innovation offered through the FEED Collaborative at Stanford. Targeted at graduate students interested in sustainability, and/or food and the food system, this course provides an opportunity for students to meet and work with thought-leading innovators, to work on projects of real consequence, and to develop connections with faculty, students, and others working to create impact in the world. Students in this course will develop a deeper understanding of important issues facing sustainability in the food system, and they will develop critical skills for being effective innovators and leaders. This course is mandatory for any student wishing to qualify for the FEED Collaborative’s summer Leadership and Innovation Program, in which select students participate in full-time, paid, externship roles with collaborating thought-leaders in the industry.
This class meets on Wednesday and Friday, 1:30 to 3:20, and is 4 units.
The application to this class can be found here. Applications are due by December 8th.
EARTHSYS 187 FEED the Change: ReDesigning Food Systems
FEED the Change is a 2-3 unit project-based course focused on solving real problems in the food system. Targeted at upper-class undergraduates, this course provides an opportunity for students to meet and work with thought-leading innovators, to gain meaningful field experience, and to develop connections with faculty, students, and others working to create impact in the food system. Students in the course will develop creative confidence by learning and using the basic principles and methodologies of human-centered design, storytelling, and media design. Students will also learn basic tools for working effectively in teams and for analyzing complex social systems. FEED the Change is taught at the d.school and is offered through the FEED Collaborative in the School of Earth. This course satisfies the Creative Expression Ways requirement.
3 or 4 Units
Wednesday / Friday 1:30 to 3:20.
EARTHSYS 148 Grow It, Cook It, Eat It. An Experiential Exploration of How and Why We Eat What We Eat
This course provides an introductory exploration of the social, cultural, and economic forces that influence contemporary human diets. Through the combination of interrelated lectures by expert practitioners and hands-on experience planting, tending, harvesting, cooking, and eating food from Stanford’s dining hall gardens, students will learn to think critically about modern agricultural practices and the relationship between cuisine and human and ecological health outcomes. Students will also learn and apply basic practices of human-centered design to develop simple frameworks for understanding various eating behaviors in Stanford’s dining halls and to develop and test hypotheses for how R&DE Stanford Dining might influence eating behaviors to effect better health outcomes for people and the planet.
Weds / Fri 10:30 to 12:20