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CHID 490 A: Research Seminar

Food For Thought

Meeting Time: 
W 1:30pm - 4:20pm
Location: 
PAR 106
SLN: 
12326
Instructor:
Nancy White Iff

Syllabus Description:

CHID 490: Food for Thought

Dr. Nancy C. White

 

CHID 490: Food for Thought is a seminar designed to allow students to produce substantial research projects within the limited time span of one quarter. To that end, students will examine the topic of food through a variety of lenses—food as sustenance in times of hardship, food as a way to bring family together, food as a source of childhood and childlike amazement, food as an economically and politically charged entity, food as a form of memoir, and food as a career (amongst others)—and will complete several assignments in order to build towards one significant piece of work. The topic for the course—food—has been chosen because of its universality and significance. As humans, we must interact with food on a daily basis. Sometimes these interactions are commonplace and banal, but they can also be charged and difficult, satisfying and rewarding, or influential and life-changing. In this course, we will explore the decisions we make every day when we eat (as well as the decisions made for us) in order to think about where the food we eat comes from, how it gets to us, and who affects that journey.

 

Schedule

WEEK 1 (3/30): Introductions

WEEK 2 (4/6): Food & Hardship

MFK Fisher, How to Cook a Wolf

Gabriel Axel, Babette’s Feast

WEEK 3 (4/13): Eating Animals

Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

Michael Pollan, Omnivore’s Dilemma

Robert Kenner, Food, Inc.

ASSIGNMENT: Presentation of Topic

WEEK 4 (4/20): The Industry of Food

Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential

Stanley Tucci & Campbell Scott, Big Night

ASSIGNMENT: Proposed Project Plan

WEEK 5 (4/27): Food that Discomforts

Fredrick Kaufman, “Debbie Does Salad”

Jûzô Itami, Tampopo

ASSIGNMENT: Annotated Bibliography

WEEK 6 (5/4)

ASSIGNMENT: Outline & Analysis Excerpt

WEEK 7 (5/11)

ASSIGNMENT: Self-Designed Assignment

WEEK 8 (5/18)

ASSIGNMENT: First Draft of Final Project

WEEK 9 (5/25)

ASSIGNMENT: Presentation Run-Through

WEEK 10 (6/1)

TUESDAY, MAY 31: PRESENTATIONS

Wednesday, June 1: Final class & potluck

FINAL EXAM WEEK

FINAL PROJECTS DUE MONDAY 6/6

Additional Details:

This course investigates our relationship with food through several different lenses: food as sustenance in times of hardship, food as a way to bring family together, food as a source of childhood and childlike amazement, food as an economically and politically charged entity, food as a form of memoir, food as a new scientific frontier, and food as a career. Readings will range from memoirs and other nonfiction to novels, comics, and films. Throughout the quarter, students will be asked to explore their memories of, to scrutinize their relationships with, and to reexamine their views on food.

Catalog Description: 
Intensive readings in specific topic. Students complete individual research projects. Satisfies the CHID senior thesis requirement for students who declared the CHID major prior to Summer 2014. Prerequisite: CHID 390.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:11pm
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