楊馥如 (Faith Yang)老師提供
One cannot live without food and drink. They are essential to our survival. One step ahead - beyond the fact that food and drink fulfill our physical needs – by thinking critically about food and drink, history revealed, different cultural aspects get involved.
The objective of this course is to tackle food/drink in world history and to explore the following topics: what can food/drink tell us about a society at a particular time point in the spectrum of human history? What rituals are linked with food and drink? Why? What makes a ‘national cuisine’? What’s the relation between food/drink and national identity? How does globalization influence our eating/drinking habits? With this course, we hope to advance your ability of critical and analytical thinking about eating, drinking, even cooking. Furthermore, we expect that this course will help you situate food and drink in their historical and cultural context so that you can reflect on the roles played by them in the development of various societies and human civilization.
When completing this course, students should formulate understanding of the role of food/drink over the course of history; ability to conduct independent and in-depth research on an issue pertaining to the history of food/drink; an appreciation of the cultural, social, and political factors that have influenced practices associated with the production and consumption of food/drink.
Unit 1. Preserve Biodiversity, Preserve the
Unit 2. Foods and Diets in the Middle Ages
Unit 3. The Columbian Exchange
Unit 4. Sicily- Where African & European Cuisin met
Unit 5. Food/Drink and the Making of Self & National Identity