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ANTH2003 – Food Across Cultures

2021 – Session 1, Fully online/virtual

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As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Eve Vincent
Payel Ray
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(ANTH150 or ANTH1050) or (40cp at 1000 level or above
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

We all eat. But what, when, how, how much and with whom we eat is bound up with questions of cultural difference, gender and power. The study of food, eating and hunger has long held a particular fascination for anthropologists--from subsistence strategies to nutritional intake, from food taboos to the social rules that structure how people eat together. This unit introduces the idea that the everyday activities of cooking and eating are packed with economic, medical, political, and cultural meanings. We will focus on some classic anthropological work on eating as a social practice. Then we move to the concerns of contemporary anthropology, examining issues such as the global industrial food system, and the link between migration, ethnic identity and food. Throughout this unit we are concerned with everyday eating practices, exploring the extraordinary variety of food likes and dislikes in a range of ethnographic contexts.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Analyse how the everyday activities of food classification, cooking and eating are packed with cultural meanings.
  • ULO2: Identify connections between food, globalisation, consumption practices and class, identity and migration.
  • ULO3: Analyse the relationship between food, gender and power.
  • ULO4: Apply anthropological theory to the study of food-related practices in contemporary Australia.
  • ULO5: Demonstrate a command of anthropological knowledge and theories as applied to the study of food and culture.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Observational Task 20% No 14 May, 23:59 via turnitin
Take-Home Exam 25% No Open 7-14 June. Two hours to attempt
Participation in Tutorial Discussions or Weekly forums 15% No Weekly, starting in week 2.
Weekly Reading Quizzes 15% No Weekly, starting in Week 2, no quiz in Week 13
Short Essay 25% Yes Friday 23 April, 23:59 via turnitin

Observational Task

Assessment Type 1: Reflective Writing
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: 14 May, 23:59 via turnitin
Weighting: 20%

 

This short reflective assessment tasks requires you to observe and describe something to do with food and culture in contemporary Australia.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply anthropological theory to the study of food-related practices in contemporary Australia.

Take-Home Exam

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: Open 7-14 June. Two hours to attempt
Weighting: 25%

 

Take-Home Exam

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse how the everyday activities of food classification, cooking and eating are packed with cultural meanings.
  • Identify connections between food, globalisation, consumption practices and class, identity and migration.
  • Analyse the relationship between food, gender and power.
  • Demonstrate a command of anthropological knowledge and theories as applied to the study of food and culture.

Participation in Tutorial Discussions or Weekly forums

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12 hours
Due: Weekly, starting in week 2.
Weighting: 15%

 

Active participation in either weekly tutorials or Weekly Forums

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse how the everyday activities of food classification, cooking and eating are packed with cultural meanings.
  • Identify connections between food, globalisation, consumption practices and class, identity and migration.
  • Analyse the relationship between food, gender and power.
  • Demonstrate a command of anthropological knowledge and theories as applied to the study of food and culture.

Weekly Reading Quizzes

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12 hours
Due: Weekly, starting in Week 2, no quiz in Week 13
Weighting: 15%

 

Online Weekly Reading Quizzes

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse how the everyday activities of food classification, cooking and eating are packed with cultural meanings.
  • Identify connections between food, globalisation, consumption practices and class, identity and migration.
  • Analyse the relationship between food, gender and power.

Short Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: Friday 23 April, 23:59 via turnitin
Weighting: 25%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

 

You are required to submit a short essay in response to a selected question. Details for this assessment task and essay questions will be made available.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse how the everyday activities of food classification, cooking and eating are packed with cultural meanings.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

All required readings will be available electronically via Leganto, iLearn, or via other online sources. See unit iLearn page for further details.

For lecture and tutorial times and classrooms please consult the MQ Timetable website: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au.  This website will display up-to-date information on your classes and classroom locations.  Tutorial locations sometimes change in the days before class. Be sure to check. This session unless COVID requires changes we will have a mix of face-to-face and zoom tutes; make sure you sign up for the right kind of tute. Tutorials start the second week of class.

The lectures will be one of your primary sources of material for this unit. We bring together a range of concepts from a variety of sources, present the central theories and ideas, model anthropological thinking, adapt the material to your background, integrate contemporary events, and provide a framework to help make sense of the readings. It is unlikely that you will pass this class if you focus on the readings and tutorials alone.

The lectures cover essential and interesting unit material  and you really should listen to them to get the most out of the unit. The take-home final will be largely based on material covered in lecture and required readings. Lectures will be uploaded to the unit iLearn page each week by the conclusion of the scheduled lecture time via zoom, echo360 or other similar program. You must listen to each week's lecture (and complete any required reading) prior to attending your tutorial.

Unit Schedule

Week

Date

Lecture 

Assessment

1

25 Feb

Eating Together

 

2

4 Mar

Taste and Taboo

 

3

11 Mar

Cannibals?

 

4

18 Mar

Gender

 

5

25 Mar

Cooking

 

6

1 Apr

Entanglements

 

 

  Mid-semester Recess: 5 Apr-16 Apr

 

7

22 Apr

Fast Food

 

 

23 Apr

 

Short Essay Due, 23:59 via turnitin

 

8

29 Apr

Slow Food

 

9

6 May

Mobility, Identity, Migration

 

10

13 May

Authenticity and Appropriation

 

 

14 May

 

Observation Task due 23:59, via turnitin

11

20 May

Meat-Eaters?

 

12

27 May

Bodies

 

13

3 Jun

Food on Film

 

 

7 Jun

 

Online Take-home Exam Opens

 

14 Jun

 

Online Take-home Exam Closes

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