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SOC 268 You Are What You Eat: Food in Society • 5 Cr.


From where does your food come? Why and when do you eat what you do? Critically analyze the social history of food production and consumption in America over time. Themes include the changing rhythms of food development, understanding diet and nutrition from a cultural perspective, and food in pop culture.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe how the production and consumption of food is fundamentally a social process;
  • Apply a sociological perspective to the analysis of food and culture;
  • Explain how social power determines access to food;
  • Discuss the relationship between food and identities;
  • Describe the social complexities of the modern industrial food complex;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the production, distribution, and consumption of food reflects and produces inequalities between people;
  • Analyze some of the contemporary social and political controversies about food;
  • Examine your own life sociologically; and
  • Describe how the experience of food is shaped by race, class, and gender.



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