Academic and Experiential Review Paper


  • 30% of Final Mark (10% outline and 20% paper)
  • The academic and experiential review outline + paper are intended to provide you with the opportunity to reflect on and integrate what you have been reading and discussing in class, your own interests, experiences from your community-based experiential learning (CBEL) project, and scholarly perspectives on an issue or topic related to food justice.
  • In the form of an argumentative essay, you are expected to make a claim about a topic (Thesis Statement) and justify this claim through logical reasoning supported with specific and reliable evidence.

Learning Objectives

  • Critically analyze connections between food, health, social justice and the environment within food security discourse
  • Integrate academic and community-based evidence to understanding food security issues
  • Reflect on and assess personal experiences gained through participating in a collaborative community-based project
  • Develop information literacy competencies through advanced search strategies in academic databases and non-academic sources


  • Outline should be 1-2 pages, single-spaced PLUS appendix
  • Paper should be 5 pages (max), double-spaced, 12pt font, and 2.54cm margins (page length excludes your references and appendix).
  • Use APA style for in-text citations and references -
  • Use a minimum of 5 scholarly and 2 community-based sources. Use readings and materials from the course for core concept definitions (e.g. community food security, food insecurity, food justice, asset-based community development)

Examples of Community-Based (non-academic) Sources:


State and defend a food justice related claim that relates to your community-based project.


Research Methods Appendix

You are required to demonstrate that you can use the CAB Direct Index to identify scholarly literature (although you will likely use articles from other search engines and indexes in your paper). The easiest way to access CAB Direct is through the UBC Library website Index and Database page.

1. Complete the interactive exercise available in the Search Strategies section (Activity break: Identify search terms) and use the output generated to fill in the following:

  • Identify your research topic: ______________________
  • Key concepts: _____________________
  • Related keywords: ________________________
  • Provide an example of how your key words can be combined using Boolean Operators for searching

2. Review section in the tutorial on Finding Articles - Advanced --> CAB Direct.

  • Based on your keywords above provide a phrase you searched for (write it as you would in the Cab Direct search engine) and list the top 5 articles that occur.

3. Review sections in Evaluating

  • Briefly describe ONE of your community-based sources of information and evidence using the criteria in the Library Tutorial (use headings for each criteria and point form)