FOOD FOR THOUGHT: DISCOVERING THE WORLD THROUGH COMMODITIES

HUS1FFT

2017

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 areessential to human existence; they reveal the nature of human society andculture. In this subject 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

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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 (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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 (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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 (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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 (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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 (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2017, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEmma Robertson

Class requirements

Evidence Based Learning Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours evidence based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Independent Research Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours independent research per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Exam (equivalent to 1250 words)35 01, 03, 04, 05
Research essay and plan (equivalent to1750 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04
Document Discovery (equivalent to 750)15 01, 02, 03, 04
Group tutorial presentation (equivalent to 400 words)10 01, 04

Bendigo, 2017, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEmma Robertson

Class requirements

Evidence Based Learning Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours evidence based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Independent Research Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours independent research per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Exam (equivalent to 1250 words)35 01, 03, 04, 05
Research essay and plan (equivalent to1750 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04
Document Discovery (equivalent to 750)15 01, 02, 03, 04
Group tutorial presentation (equivalent to 400 words)10 01, 04

Melbourne, 2017, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEmma Robertson

Class requirements

Evidence Based Learning Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours evidence based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Independent Research Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours independent research per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Exam (equivalent to 1250 words)35 01, 03, 04, 05
Research essay and plan (equivalent to1750 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04
Document Discovery (equivalent to 750)15 01, 02, 03, 04
Group tutorial presentation (equivalent to 400 words)10 01, 04

Mildura, 2017, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEmma Robertson

Class requirements

Evidence Based Learning Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours evidence based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Independent Research Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours independent research per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Exam (equivalent to 1250 words)35 01, 03, 04, 05
Research essay and plan (equivalent to1750 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04
Document Discovery (equivalent to 750)15 01, 02, 03, 04
Group tutorial presentation (equivalent to 400 words)10 01, 04

Shepparton, 2017, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEmma Robertson

Class requirements

Evidence Based Learning Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours evidence based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Independent Research Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours independent research per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Exam (equivalent to 1250 words)35 01, 03, 04, 05
Research essay and plan (equivalent to1750 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04
Document Discovery (equivalent to 750)15 01, 02, 03, 04
Group tutorial presentation (equivalent to 400 words)10 01, 04