Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems

Portland State University

Year Founded: March 1, 2016
Date Posted: Dec. 16, 2016
Submitted by: Lauren Everett
Sustainability Topics: Curriculum, Food & Dining
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Post-Graduate Certificate/Diploma
Completion: 1-2 years
Distance: Local Only
Commitment: Both


The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems at Portland State University offers students the opportunity to explore the complex issues and relationships between food, people, and society. The program draws on the expertise of faculty from departments across the University, providing an interdisciplinary understanding of the issues, perspectives, strategies, and solutions involved in creating sustainable food systems.

Learning Outcomes

Outcome 1 Describe and define multiple perspectives on sustainable food systems: Students will describe the complex and broad range of perspectives that exist in the sustainable food systems movement.

Outcome 2 Explain systems of power and privilege in food systems: Students will give examples of how power and privilege affect the contemporary food system.

Outcome 3 Apply learning in a community based setting: Students will demonstrate knowledge of food systems through a community-based experiential learning opportunity.

Outcome 4 Examine interdisciplinary and cross-sector nature of contemporary food systems: Students will critically examine the interconnected social, political, economic, and ecological components that influence food systems.

Outcome 5 Relate food systems issues to broader graduate program, professional, or personal experiences: Students will explain the connections between learning experiences in the certificate program and their primary masters-level program or their professional or personal experiences.

Outcome 6 Evaluate strategies to address food system challenges: Students will evaluate strategies to address food system challenges.

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