Food: Culture, Health, Justice Online Course
$85.00 – $245.00
This course will explore food as a human experience, as tradition, as healthy/unhealthy, as a way that societies promote or undermine justice. We will connect food to personal values, historical events, ethics about animals and the environment, and laws and policies.
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Course Length: 12 weeks (can be split into 3 mini courses of 4 weeks each)
Recommended Age: 13+
Food: Culture, Health, Justice Online Course Description
Food is a universal human experience: everybody eats. Food is a way for us to connect across generations, locations, and societies. But every culture and community prepares, serves, and values food in different ways. By studying and discussing food, we can understand much about people, their values, and their traditions.
This course will explore food as a human experience, as tradition, as healthy/unhealthy, as a way that societies promote or undermine justice. We will connect food to personal values, historical events, ethics about animals and the environment, and laws and policies. This will be a “college-style,” discussion-focused course. Students will be expected to read a book about food during the term and do a project related to the course topic by the end of the course.
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You can purchase two session if you want by adding each separately to your cart.
Topic Sections for Food: Culture, Health, Justice Online Course
Part 1: Culture of Food – Starts Wednesday, 2/12 at 2 pm
- What is “normal” food to you?
- Why do we eat the food we eat?
- What are some different diets and ways that people eat or don’t eat food?
- How do people treat food that is different?
- Issues: Food Authenticity and Appropriation
Part 2: Un/Healthy Food? – Starts Wednesday, 3/11 at 2 pm
- How do we talk about food as healthy and unhealthy? Why?
- How do people decide what is healthy or unhealthy?
- Why do people eat unhealthy food, and don’t eat healthy food?
- Issues: Obesity “Epidemic” and Malnutrition
Part 3: Ethics and Justice of Food – Starts Wednesday, 4/8 at 2pm
- What are different ways that people can’t get food they want to eat?
- How are these systems created?
- What are some ways that people are trying to fix these problems?
- How are people discussing what the problems are and how to really fix them?
- Issues: Food Deserts and Food Insecurity
Livestock: Food, Fiber, and Friends Erin McKenna
The Botany of Desire Michael Pollan
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan
Fast Food Nation Eric Schlosser
Food Politics Marion Nestle
History of Bees in America Tammy Horn
The Violence of the Green Revolution Vandana Shiva
Milk: A Local and Global History Deborah Valenze
The Life of Cheese: Crafting Food and Value in America Heather Paxson
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12-week session, 4 Week Session Part 1: Culture of Food, 4-week session Part 2: Un/Healthy Food?, 4-week session Part 3: Ethics and Justice of Food