Special Topics in Gastronomy
MET ML 610
ML610 is the designation for "Special Topics in Gastronomy". The subject matter for ML610 courses changes from semester to semester, and more than one ML610 can be offered in a given semester. Course descriptions for all ML610 sections are listed below. For more information, please contact the department Graduate Student Advisor.
Fall 2016 -- Special Topic: "Ethical Eating and the Food Movement"
This course will consider the industrialization of agriculture and the emergence of global food supply chains, and the corresponding efforts to find alternatives, such as sustainable and ethical food consumption, "slow food", "locavores", veganism, "meatless Monday", organic agriculture, community-supported agriculture and many more. Utilizing ethnographies, documentary films, short videos and photographs, the class will explore how issues such as environmental sustainability, globalization, health and social justice are embedded in new food movements, and we will ask if and how ethical eating has become primarily an elite social practice.
Spring 2017 -- ML 610 D1 Special Topic: "Food, Globalizations, and Changing Identities"
If we are what we eat, how do we define our identities in a world increasingly interconnected through globalization? How are identities shifting in the context of both the local and the global? In this course, we will explore the impacts of globalization on foodways and identities using examples from the Middle East, Europe, Southeast Asia, and North America, and investigate the interrelationship between food and changing identities in the context of nationalism, ethnicity, class, gender, and other social categories.