A Cultural History of Nutrition and Dieting
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Food Studies
Course Number: NFDS 3110
Course Format: Seminar
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Food Studies
  • History
  • Sciences
Description:
In this course, the science of nutrition is explored as a cultural and historical phenomenon. Students learn how ideas about food, health, body images, fears, and disgust change in different times and places, beginning with the ancient world and continuing through the 20th century. This class examines how the concept of nutrition itself has changed over time and how those changes have affected what societies and individuals think is fit to eat. Readings include work by Michael Pollan, Rachel Laudan, Jared Diamond, and Michel Foucault.
Course Open to: Degree Students