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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ANTM021: Food, Body and Society

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The module will be structured as a reading and discussion seminar. The following themes will likely be covered, with minor variation from year to year depending upon the availability and current research of lecturers contributing to the module:

  • The human experience of food, from necessity to pleasure
  • Food, eating and the making of individual bodies
  • Food and/as medicine
  • Food prohibitions and avoidances
  • Food, choice and social class
  • Commensality
  • Cuisine
  • Food, migration and diaspora
  • Food and knowledge, from experience to memory
  • Food and the Earth in the Anthropocene

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities2211 x 2-hour weekly seminar
Guided Independent Study5010 x 5-hours weekly reading for seminar preparation
Guided Independent Study2010 x 2-hours weekly preparation of reading response papers
Guided independent study58Research and writing of term essay

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).