Get an in-depth look at how communities in the US South are responding to global challenges of food insecurity, environmental health, and social justice.

At a Glance





Courses taught in



Jul 20 ‎– Aug 14

Online Component

Jul 20 ‎– Jul 31

On Site Component

Aug 1 ‎– Aug 14

Program Countries

United States

Program Base

Hybrid: Online & Atlanta, Athens & South Georgia

Critical Global Issue of Study

Climate & Environment

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Development & Inequality

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As the largest city in the southeast and a center of both civil rights activism and southern hospitality, Atlanta provides the ideal base to begin your study of US food systems. With access to the nation’s first land grant university (the University of Georgia in Athens), and excursions to agricultural heartlands in the southwest and coastal regions of Georgia, students will gain a comprehensive view of US agriculture. This includes learning both longstanding and innovative techniques in crop and livestock production, interrogating diverse conditions of labor, and collaborating on the practice of food justice with those working to cultivate progressive foodways. Students will study social and environmental spaces of the New South using foodways as a tool for understanding political and economic histories of the US.


  • Investigate the history and legacy of plantation agriculture in the US economy
  • Compare models of sustainable agriculture in both rural and urban settings
  • Explore the cultural diversity and culinary traditions of the US South
  • Examine critical local and global supply chains and the relationships between producers and consumers



Course Sites

Online Term Details

This course will be taught 30 percent online and 70 percent face-to-face on site in Georgia. The first two weeks of online instruction will include: an orientation to the IHP program; introductory activities to get to know your faculty and program team; five to six faculty-led sessions and guest lectures that will provide the theoretical frameworks for the course and historical background to the sites and partner organizations we are visiting; readings and preliminary assignments, and two to three online discussions to debrief sessions and prepare students to join faculty, the local team, and peers in Georgia.

Domestic Site Details

To study the history of plantation agriculture, and its transformation into today’s industrial agricultural complex, we start in Atlanta, the historic center of civil rights activism. Travel on to Athens and tour a top-ranked school of agriculture to understand innovative farming techniques. Visit the agricultural heartlands of the US South – a region known for cuisine and community. Meet sixth-generation farmers in Bluffton, Georgia, practicing regenerative land management, and explore a former plantation once owned by the largest slaveholding estate in Georgia and now owned cooperatively by the nation’s first community land trust. Tour a large-scale vegetable farm and discuss what it means to be an “American farm.”

Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.



The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

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Program Components

  • Two-week online component in preparation for on-site study
  • Crop and livestock production and labor in the context of food justice
  • Social and environmental spaces of the New South
  • Foodways as a tool for understanding US political and economic history

Politics, Ethics, and Food Security

Politics, Ethics, and Food Security – Syllabus
(POLI 3010 / 4 Credits)

This course explores questions related to land rights, income distribution and inequality, trade and aid policies, and government support and regulation as they relate to food systems. More specifically, you will learn how to define various components of food systems and investigate how different conceptualizations of these components (i.e. labor or nature) shape diverse approaches. You will also discuss how land rights and livelihoods can be balanced with rising global pressures around food security, and how income distribution and inequality affect hunger, food production, and development. The course deeply examines how local communities can help develop global solutions to ensure food accessibility for all. These complex topics will help you build a rich understanding of food systems in an increasingly globalized and uncertain world.




Students will be housed in hostels, guesthouses, and small hotels during the field-based portion of the Georgia program.

Career Paths

  • Agriculture and food production

  • Nonprofit management

  • Government

  • Sustainability and climate change

Faculty & Staff

IHP Food Systems: Georgia, From Field to Fork (Online | USA)

Joseph Lanning, PhD

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    The total cost for this program is $4,300, including tuition, room & board. Program cost does not include travel or health insurance. Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.