Paul Freedman, Associate Professor
How and what we eat is basic to who we are as individuals, as a culture, and as a polity. This course looks at the production and consumption of food to a political context. Food politics and policy in the United States is a topic that has received increased attention in recent years. Legislation, regulation, and subsidies for particular products and practices have critical implications for the environment, for health (including the dramatic rise in obesity, diabetes, and drug-resistant infections), and for other budget priorities.
This course looks food politics through a series of “food fights.” We will examine controversies over agricultural subsidies, labeling requirements, issues relating to food and health (and the famous Food Pyramid), and international food aid. Along the way we will examine the ways in which food politics represents a distortion of fundamental democratic principles.
Additional nonrefundable $35 fee required.
Ken Stroupe, Chief of Staff, University of Virginia Center for Politics
The purpose of this class is to give students an understanding of the law and practice of Virginia government and politics at both state and local levels. The concentration in this syllabus is on the basic and most important topics, and the reading load for each topic is substantial. The dedicated student should finish the course with a thorough preparatory background in Virginiana -- perhaps enough to offer a tentative answer to Guy Friddell's query: "What Is It About Virginia?"
In addition to discussing the institutions of government, we also will spend ample time discussing the modern Virginia politics and the individuals (governors, state legislators, congressmen) who have shaped the Commonwealth. We will explore in-depth the recent gubernatorial and legislative elections, comparing those elections to past statewide elections to evaluate the trends and changing demographics of the Commonwealth.
At the outset, a word of warning is in order: this is not a course limited to current events in Virginia government and politics. On the contrary, the student will be expected to equip himself/herself so as to be able, for example, not only to understand the reasons for the long entrenchment of the Martin and Byrd organizations but also to account for the revivification of first the Republican Party and then the modern Democratic Party, as well as the winds of change at work in the governmental and political life of the state. The aim here is to gain some competence in the intricacies of the Commonwealth's governmental and political life for use not only as an intellectual exercise but also, in some instances, as an aid to a possible future political or governmental career.
The class sessions will include presentations by some of the leading officials in state government. A trip to Richmond is planned for January 7, requiring students to be available for the entire day. Grading will be determined by quizzes, a short team paper, and a final exam.
Additional nonrefundable $120 fee required.
PLCP 3240: Post-Soviet Political Challenges: Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict, Separatism and Irredentism 
Yuri Urbanovich, Lecturer
The end of the Cold War coincided with a wave of national revivals that spread across Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and became one of the notable consequences of the collapse of communist regimes. This course will focus specifically on the origins of nationalism, separatism, secessions, and irredentist claims in the Russian Federation and other former Soviet republics. This course will focus specifically on the origins of nationalism, separatism, secessions, and irredentist claims in the Russian Federation and other former Soviet republics. The problem of de facto states has become increasingly significant and is particularly relevant today with the recent declaration of Kosovo's independence.
John Setear, Professor
This course rigorously explores two related methodologies outside the mainstream of contemporary international relations theory: counterfactual analysis and conflict simulations.
In addition to the usual meetings for a J-Term course, this class requires an additional daily session to learn and complete the historical simulations that are an integral part of the course.
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