Course Info: NS-0233

CourseNS-0233 Anthropology Food and Nutritio
Long TitleAnthropology Food and Nutrition
Note(s) Satisfies Distribution
Textbook information
Meeting InfoCole Science Center 333 on T,TH from 12:30-1:50
FacultyAlan Goodman
Distribution(s) Physical and Biological Sciences
Cumulative Skill(s)Independent Work
Quantitative Skills
Additional InfoStudents are expected to spend approximately 6-8 hours if preparation outside of class time.

Are we what we eat? We eat foods for social and cultural reasons, and we eat foods because they contain nutrients that fuel our cells and allow us to function -- grow, think, and live. The quest for food is a major evolutionary theme and continues to profoundly shape ecological, social, and human biological systems. In this course we considered some of the many ways that food and nutrition are related to the human condition, including: (1) symbolic meanings of food, (2) the evolution of early horticulture and farming to genetically modified foods, (3) the deadly synergy of malnutrition and infection, (4) the ecological and political-economic causes of undernutrition and obesity, and (5) "nutritional epidemiology" and the role of diet and nutrition in the etiology of diverse diseases. Throughout the course, we focused on "doing nutritional anthropology," including assessing the dietary and nutritional status of individuals in our community. In addition to class participation and small assignments, students wrote a mid-semester cultural/historical paper on a food of their choice and a final paper on a nutrition problem and potential solution.