SOC 242 Spring 2015 Food and Society

The French critic Roland Barthes famously said that food is a system of communication. This multidisciplinary course is designed to introduce students to different ways of thinking about food through an exploration of the complex social and cultural rules that underlie food's consumption. Because our food choices communicate who we are--or what we aspire to be--the study of food reveals how societies throughout the world construct difference, whether religious, ethnic, national, or racial. The class will also examine nutrition, hunger, ideals of desirability in body image, and visual representations of food in advertising and art. Probable readings include: policy analyst Raj Patel on the global food system; sociologist Anthony Winson on the industrial diet; journalists Michael Pollan on ethical food choices and Jonathan Bloom on food waste; historian Rachel Laudan on cuisine and empire; and sensory scientist John Prescott on taste.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, 4 response papers, one 8- to 10-page research paper, 1 oral presentation and 2 class projects
Additional Info: not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Anthropology and Sociology majors and students with a demonstrated interest in the study of food
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
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Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3162
SOC 242 - 01 (S) LEC Food and Society Division 2: Social Studies Darra J. Goldstein
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Griffin 5 3162
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