Food and the Senses
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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 3505
Course Format: Seminar
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
  • Food Studies
  • Aesthetics
  • Cultural Studies
This course offers an overview of key philosophical, sociological, and anthropological arguments about embodied knowledge through an examination of the sensory nature of food. Through readings, discussions, explorations, and projects, students learn about historical constructions of the body in the Western tradition and alternatives to mind/body dualism and then analyze sensory experience and food consumption as culture, politics, and aesthetics. Readings are diverse, including selected writings of Descartes, Kant, Marcel Proust, M.F.K. Fisher, and Mary Douglas. Students are required to keep a self-reflective journal about their coursework.
Course Open to: Degree Students