What is the course about?
The course is about the social and cultural meanings attributed to food, taste and its rituals in a cross-cultural, anthropological perspective.
What will we cover?
The course will cover food symbolism, the interaction between ecology and taste, social dimensions of eating, conviviality, and religious avoidances, ritual food behaviour, and food taboos in order to dispel the idea that food is just nourishment.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Describe relationships between food and society
Explain the difference between biological act of eating and the social meanings associated with food and conviviality
Summarise different food traditions cross-comparatively
Illustrate food traditions linking ingredients to food processing techniques.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open to anyone interested in the relationship between food and society, rituals, taboos and beliefs related to ingested matter, and the ways in which humans around the world think about taste and perform social values through it. No special skills are required for this course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is run through a mix of teaching methods, which include lectures, slide presentations, film clips, group work, question and answer, brainstorming sessions, the use of charts, and class discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please see prospectus or website.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details