ANTH 2042 - Consuming Passions: Anthropology of Food and Drink
North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code ANTH 2042 Course Consuming Passions: Anthropology of Food and Drink Coordinating Unit Anthropology and Development Studies Term Summer Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study Incompatible ANTH 2026 or ANTH 3026 Assumed Knowledge 3 units of Level I Anthropology Course Description Why is food usually shared? Why is drinking alone considered deviant? What is the connection between food and sex? Why is eating together so important? How do we decide what is ethnic food, and what isn't? Why do we consume so much information on diet and dieting? Why is our appetite for TV cookery programs insatiable? Why is eating out taking the place of eating in?
Food and drink are imperative to the reproduction of all social life. Their consumption is therefore integral to the construction of social identity. This course aims to address a number of challenging and topical questions about the place of food and drink in contemporary society. It will introduce students to the work of those social anthropologists who have made significant contributions to the study of food and drink, as well as facilitating group research into particular topics of current concern.
You must pass all graded components of this class and attend all lectures, seminars and workshops either on campus or online as required in order to pass the course.
Course Coordinator: Dr William Skinner
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course, students will:
1 Obtain knowledge of anthropology as an academic discipline and a body of knowledge based on specific methodologies, concepts and theories; and an understanding of the wider interdisciplinary context of research into human societies and behaviour 2 Demonstrate the ability to formulate, investigate and discuss anthropologically informed questions and provide an ethnographic description and analyse it 3 Demonstrate the ability to synthesise, evaluate and generate ideas and concepts in anthropology and obtain the capacity to understand the recognise central or key anthropological questions, problems and assumptions 4 Demonstrate the ability to develop both individually and cooperatively anthropologically informed arguments, which are clearly based on evidence and critically evaluate explanatory frameworks in terms of this evidence 5 Demonstrate the ability to apply anthropological knowledge and research methods to a variety of real world contexts 6 Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate anthropological principles and knowledge to anthropological as well as other audiences individually and by contributing productively in groups and in the development of group-based outcomes 7 Obtain knowledge of appropriate and available technologies for conducting effective and ethical ethnographic research and the ability to draw on these technologies in ways that enhance the capacity to reach effective and meaningful research outcomes 8 Demonstrate the ability to be self-directed, intellectually independent and analysie everyday assumptions and practices, in their own lives as well as those of others 9 Demonstrate a comparative and tolerant outlook, which recognises the various ethical issues associated with representing the understanding and practices of others 10 Demonstrate a recognition of social and cultural issues, and their ethical implications, in a global context in terms of the production and generation of anthropological research and knowledge
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2, 3, 4 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
4, 5 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
7, 8 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
8, 10 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures supported by problem-solving tutorials developing material covered in lectures.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.This course is taught intensively over six weeks.
2 hour lecture/seminar per week 10 hours per semester 6 hour workshop per week 30 hours per semester 8 hours reading per week 48 hours per semester 6 hours research per week 36 hours per semester 6 hours assignment preparation per week 36 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week 1 Course overview and preliminary readings Week 2 Theories on Eating In and Out Week 3 Cultural Consumption:Cookbooks and Community, Conviviality, and Class Week 4 Separation and Inclusion: ethnicity and drinking Week 5 Gender in All Its Glory Week 6 Forbidden Fruits: Pleasure, Pollution and Voyeurism
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Course Learning Outcome Attendance and participation Formative and Summative 10% 1-10 2000 word ethnographic project Formative and Summative 40% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 2500 word research essay Summative 50% 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10
Assessment DetailParticipation and attendance - 10% weighting
Demonstrating that you have read the set readings and contributing to workshop debate are the essential components of participation.
Ethnographic project - 40% weighting
Each student will participate in ethnographic project(s) as observers. Students will then write up a 2000 word report of the experience. Full details and instructions will be given in class.
Major essay - 50% weighting
Each student will research and write an academic essay on a subject relevant to the course. Essay topics and marking criteria will be made available in the seminars. The word length is 2500 words
SubmissionAll assignments must be submitted online via MyUni.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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