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The Culture of Food & Wine in Italy Liberal Arts & Sciences Program Summer 2021 June 6-Week - Rome

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The Culture of Food & Wine in Italy

The Culture of Food & Wine in Italy Course Overview


CEA Partner Institution: CEA Rome Center
Location: Rome, Italy
Primary Subject Area: Cultural Studies
Other Subject Area: Sociology
Instruction in: English
Course Code: CUL340FCO
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 45
Prerequisites: None
Additional Fee: $100.00
Additional Fee Description:This course requires payment of an additional fee to cover active learning components that are above and beyond typical course costs, such as site visits, entrance fees and other expenses.


This course will introduce you to the textured cultural histories of Italian food and wine. Your approach will be a mixture of first hand experience (field trips, guided visits and tastings) and interpretative analysis (through the examination of selected food texts, your own written assignments, in-class debates and your entries in a personal food journal). Through a multi-disciplinary approach to food and wine you will address a broad variety of key contemporary issues including slow-food, organic foods and the origins (and preservation) of regional variations. You will also develop an awareness of more sophisticated ways of looking at food in the fields of food anthropology, the psychology of food consumption, the symbolic aspects of food and the social construction of its meaning.

On this course you'll see at first-hand the historical evolution of Italian food, and you'll discover how a variety of factors have influenced how food is selected, prepared and eaten. Your close-up experience will begin with visiting local food markets, and to complement your analysis of food and wine in its social and cultural contexts, you will personally see in several in-class demonstrations how food in Italy is prepared, stored, cooked, served and eaten. Further afield we will also go and taste wine, cheeses and other food products on a field trip into the heart of the Lazio countryside.

One key objective of this multi-disciplinary course is to help you develop a sense of food as a fundamental cultural aspect not just of Italian but also of American society, and you will be empowered to reflect more critically on the varied cultural aspects of your own domestic food-experience.

If you are also enrolled on the Photography course you could submit a photographic documentary piece on an appropriate issue as part of this course's requirements.

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