FOOD FOR THOUGHT: DISCOVERING THE WORLD THROUGH COMMODITIES

HUS1FFT

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Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

Food and drink are essential to human existence; they reveal the nature of human society and culture. In this subject, which is a first-year core for the History major, you'll explore topics such as food taboos,colonialism, kitchens and cooking, feasting, famine and fair trade. Each week we will use a range of primary sources, including recipe books, advertising, newspapers and film, to help us understand how experiences of and attitudes towards food have changed over time, and what this can tell us about the world.Through reflecting on histories of food in local and global contexts, you'll discover and debate key concepts including gender, class, race and power. Over the course of the subject we will trace food from agricultural production, to industrial manufacture, to retail, marketing and consumption. In doing so, we will bring historical understanding to the very urgent contemporary question of food sustainability, allowing you to meet the La Trobe Sustainability Thinking Essential.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEmma Robertson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop and demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of gender, class, race and power through the study of food commodities.

Activities:
Tutorial activities, EBL activities, assessment activities
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

02. Develop and demonstrate research skills, including the ability to effectively access electronic and paper-based archival materials.

Activities:
Tutorial activities, EBL activities, assessment activities
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

03. Practice critical-thinking and creative problem-solving skills in academic tasks of reading, writing and public speaking.

Activities:
Tutorial activities, EBL activities, assessment activities
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

04. Demonstrate effective communication through the practice of oral and written communication.

Activities:
Tutorial activities, Research essay, tutorial presentation, final exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

05. To engage effectively with social, environmental and economic change and challenges in the contemporary world in relation to sustainability in food, and to reflect on the implications of these for future generations

Activities:
Online EBL activities, tutorial activities, assessment activities
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

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