Mar 05, 2024  
2023-2024 Official General Catalog 
2023-2024 Official General Catalog

SOC 186 - Food in History and Society

A socio-historical examination of food from the Middle Ages to the present with a focus on the United States and Europe.  Topics will include, but will not be limited to, how societies gather and prepare food; culinary tastes of different times and places; the influence of food/taste on trade, colonization, cultural exchange, and the impact of immigration, globalization, and technology on food.  An exploration of the history and role of diversity (race/ethnicity/gender and social class) in development of culinary taste and modern day culinary practices.

Credits: 3
HOS 186
3 Class Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Describe major concepts and theories used by historical sociologists.
  2. Apply the methods historical sociologists use to explore social phenomena.
  3. Describe the historical and contemporary societal factors that shape the development of individual and group identity involving race, class and gender.
  4. Analyze the role that complex networks of social structures and systems play in the creation and perpetuation of the dynamics of power, privilege, oppression, and opportunity.
  5. Apply the principles of rights, access, equity, and autonomous participation to past, current, or future social justice action.
  6. Identify the consequences of racism in the United States at the individual, group, and systemic levels.