Food is essential for human life. The expression "we are what we eat" invites further attention to the ways food connects us to places, people, histories, cultures, and identities. Eating is driven not only by biological processes but also by psychological and social processes. Food can be viewed as a tangible material object as well as a manifestation of particular ideas, values, and practices. Food can be debated as a product of nature and a product of human or technological interventions. The course locates the study of food at some of these crossroads. Students will examine what food reveals or conceals about interpersonal, societal, technological, and environmental relationships. Students will explore how food keeps company with the senses, emotions, passion, desire, memory, and power. Students will reflect on how food (or the lack of food) conveys oppositional meanings such as love and rejection, reward and punishment, illness and health, celebration and grief, or conflict and resolution. Course material will open up interdisciplinary approaches drawn from the humanities and social sciences related to the study of food within and across societies. Representations, symbolism, and meanings of food in literary, artistic, and multimedia works will also be discussed. Course material may include a range of time periods and cultures.
BCIT ENGL 1177, or 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100-level or above, or 3 credits of a university/college first-year social science or humanities course.
Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:
Effective as of Fall 2013
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