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INDS 535

Food: Communion, Community, and Creation

Eating is one of the most profound ways by which we relate to each other, to the created world, and to God. In this course we will explore, within the framework of Christian theology, some of the biological, ecological, psychological, aesthetic, spiritual, agricultural, historical, economic, and ethical aspects of what, why, and how we eat. The core of the course will be readings, lectures, excursions and discussion exploring a thoughtful Christian engagement with many dimensions of the production, distribution, preparation, and consumption of food. We will spend time together each weekend engaging these topics in a living context of worshipping, cooking, feasting, fasting, and gardening together. This course will be offered in Weekend School format in order to make possible extensive experiential learning opportunities. Locations will include Galiano Island, A Rocha Canada’s Brooksdale Environmental Centre in South Surrey, and various sites in downtown Vancouver.

Additional Course Fee: $200

Special Registration Details

All students will be waitlisted until the early registration deadline on August 19, 2016. The Class list will be set within the week following. Preference will be given to credit students.

Deadline for adding this course is 4:30 pm on September 16, 2016, space permitting.  Deadline for dropping this course with refund is 4:30 pm on September 15, 2016 (100% refund) or 4:30 pm on October 7, 2016 (75% refund).  There is no refund of any tuition fees after the 75% refund deadline, but the course may be dropped, changed in credit hours or to audit up until 4:30 pm on October 21, 2016.

The Additional Course Fee is non-refundable after September 7, 2016.

Course dates for Fall 2016 (off-campus):

September 16 (Friday)Galiano Island
September 17 (Saturday)Galiano Island
September 18 (Sunday)Galiano Island
October 14 (Friday)A Rocha, Brooksdale
October 15 (Saturday)A Rocha, Brooksdale
November 4 (Friday)Richmond
November 5 (Saturday)Vancouver
December 2 (Friday)Galiano Island
December 3 (Saturday)Galiano Island
December 4 (Sunday)Galiano Island

Credit Hours:
There are no prerequisites for this course.

Additional Info

Auditors: In the event that there is room for students to audit the course, be aware that auditors will be expected (1) to complete all the required readings; (2) to participate actively in all classes and all class-related activities; (3) to be a full active participant in the “Mindful Meal” assignment. 

Explanation of additional course fees and extra costs: The additional course fee covers the following expenses: meals and accommodation at Galiano Island on two weekends; meals and accommodation at Brooksdale on one weekend.

Beyond this additional course fee, students are expected to pay for their own ferry tickets to/from Galiano on both weekends (approx. $20 each way); their own transportation to/from Brooksdale on October 14-15; their own transportation to/from downtown Vancouver on November 5 (we’ll use the public bus system); and their own lunch on November 5 in Vancouver. (Note: it is not necessary to take a vehicle to Galiano Island. In fact, it is strongly advised not to take a vehicle. This also saves money as well as the environment.)

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