Food and Culture

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  • 15-45 hours
    • 1 credit, 2 credit, or 3 credit options available
  • S/U or Letter Grading
  • Up to 4 Months to Complete
  • Online
  • Work at Your Own Pace
  • $199 - 1 credit
  • $250 - 2 credits
  • $375 - 3 credits

 Course Overview

Food & Culture investigates food and cultural diversity.  This is accomplished by identifying social, cultural, religious, ethnic, and personal preferences on the food choices of individuals, families and societies.  Students learn that differential nutrition status, by making some people more fit that others, has widespread economic, political and social consequences. 

Course Objectives: 

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. appreciate food habits of various cultures of the globe;
  2. outline the process involved in forming food patterns of individuals and families
  3. discuss the social, religious, economic, political and cultural factors which affect food patterns and nutritional status;
  4. analyze the relationships among availability of food, nutritional status, health and behavior;
  5. use concepts like culture, difference and diversity;
  6. recognize their own differences in relation to the larger society in order to understand and respect the social and cultural diversity of others;
  7. discuss the impact of traditional and changing roles of individuals within a society on the nutrition status of that society; and
  8. begin to question assumptions about people different from themselves.