FOOD, CULTURE & COMMUNICATION (CM5076)

In this class, we will explore the manner in which people in France and the United States think about and interact with their foods. In so doing we will critically examine: the historical development of nutrition and gastronomic discourses in these countries, their contemporary manifestations (in media and advertising, governmental institutions and guidelines, food production and consumption) and their role in the formation of individual, national, gender and class identities. In so doing, we will critically explore, from a cross-cultural perspective, the concepts (such as health and taste), practices (such as cooking or dieting), places (such as school cafeterias or vineyards) and people (such as nutritional scientists or restaurant chefs) involved in the elaboration, maintenance and reformulation of these discourses. Among the most important goals of this class are: to further develop students' ability to think critically about modern processes and contemporary identities using a range of theoretical approaches; to bring students to an understanding of France and the United States that goes beyond well encrusted clichés; and, to allow students to develop a new appreciation for their foods and a more profound understanding of their relationship to them. The class will include a one-week "terroir and taste" fieldtrip to the Jura Mountains. Note: the tasting of cheese, meat products and wine is an integral part of the Jura trip.

Code: 
CM5076
Name: 
FOOD, CULTURE & COMMUNICATION
Discipline: 
CM (Communications)
Type: 
Regular
Level: 
Graduate
Credits: 
4
Can be taken twice for credit?: 
No
Pre-requisites: 
Major=MA: Global Communications OR Major=MA: Global Comm. (Visual & Material Culture Track) OR Major=MA: Global Comm. (Fashion Track) OR Major=MA: Global Comm. (Development Communications) OR Major=MA: Global Comm. (Digital Cultures and Industries)
Co-requisites: 
None