Anthropology of Food/Nutrition

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2014
Subject Name: 
Natural Science
Course Number: 
0233
Institution: 
Hampshire College
Are we what we eat? We eat foods for social and cultural reasons, and we eat foods because they contain nutrients that fuel our cells and allow us to function -- grow, think, and live. The quest for food is a major evolutionary theme and continues to profoundly shape ecological, social, and human biological systems. In this course we will consider some of the many ways that food and nutrition are related to the human condition, for example: (1) symbolic meanings of food, (2) the evolution of food systems to genetically modified foods, (3) the deadly synergy of malnutrition and infection, (4) the ecological and political-economic causes of undernutrition and obesity, and (5) "nutritional epidemiology" and the role of diet and nutrition in the etiology of diverse diseases. Throughout the course, we will focus on "doing nutritional anthropology," including assessing the dietary and nutritional status of individuals in our community.
Comments: 
Independent Work Quantitative Skills Multiple Cultural Perspectives In this course students are generally expected to spend at least six to eight hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Schedule #: 
313654

Course Sections

Anthropology of Food/Nutrition
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0 Alan Goodman ahgNS@hampshire.edu 10:30AM-11:50AM T,TH Cole Science Center 333