This course is designed to increase awareness of the issues and vulnerabilities of the US agricultural system to natural and manmade disasters as well as deliberate acts of sabotage. Students will gain an appreciation for the complicated interconnectedness of agricultural production, infectious diseases, economics, politics, and society.
GEP Interdisciplinary Perpectives Course
•This course satisfies 3 credits of the GEP IP requirements
•Determine agents of the greatest concern to animal and plant species
•Identify a potential attack/outbreak and the consequences for US agriculture
•Develop possible plan(s) to prevent and/or respond to a potential outreak
•Understand the complex biological, economic, political, and social implications of an outbreak and its response
Topic Areas •Historical of agriculture as a weapon •Animal diseases •Plant diseases •Diagnostic networks •Government agencies •Risk assessment •Response plan
Grading Grades are based on a 3 part semester project. Students will develop an "attack plan", build a defense strategy against another "attack plan", and present their attack and defense to the class.
Combination of lectures by course director as well as guests and student led discussions.