A Cultural History of Nutrition and Dieting
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Food Studies
Course Number: NFDS 3110
Course Format: Lecture
Permission Required: No
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.