ant2eat food and drink



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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will examine a range of anthropological approaches to food and eating. While it is a biological imperative that humans need to eat to survive, food is grown, eaten and prepared in a variety of ways according to cultural preferences. The study of food and eating is a lens through which to examine some of the long-standing interests of anthropologists including: modes of subsistence, taboos, cannibalism, religious dietary prohibitions, and ritual feasting and fasting as well as issues such as class, ethnicity, gender, globalisation, migration, consumption and identity. Teaching will include lectures and tutorials involving discussion, short activities and team work. Assessment will be organised around the preparation of a major essay in a selected area of the anthropology of food.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicholas Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjects ANT3EAT

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply an anthropological perspective to local and global issues

Class discussions, quizzes and the major essay will give students ample opportunity to examine diverse anthropological perspectives and compare multicultural Australian examples with global case studies of food and eating

02. Apply ethical and cultural awareness to issues in Anthropology

The major essay, food journal, class presentations and workshop discussion will give students ample opportunity to explore the ethical dimensions of food production and distribution in particular

03. Evaluate diverse positions/arguments regarding a relevant topic in Anthropology

The literature review, the workshp presentation and major essay will encourage debate around diverse positions/ arguments which will extend into the writing of the literature review and major essay

04. Present a brief argument on an aspect of the anthropology of food

Groups will make oral presentations as students work towards producing their major essay

05. Present a sustained written argument in Anthropology

The major essay will give 2nd year students the opportunity to present a sustained written argument

06. Produce a well researched response to a relevant topic in Anthropology

The literature review, quizzes and major essay will give 2nd year students the space in which to produce resolved written research

07. Summarise research and arguments on a relevant topic in Anthropology

Secondary source research for the literature review, the workshop presentation and the major essay

08. Work effectively in groups as a group member

Students will work in groups to prepare presentations on their chosen topic based on their food journals, and drawn from the literature on food and eating

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