Food for Thought: Discovering the World Through Commodities

La Trobe University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Food for Thought: Discovering the World Through Commodities

  • Host University

    La Trobe University

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Agriculture, Agriculture and Natural Resource Economics, Anthropology, Environmental Sustainability, Nutrition and Food Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Food and drink are essential to human existence; they are also revealing of the nature of human society and culture. You'll explore key global issues through deceptively familiar commodities such as chocolate, tea, coffee, alcohol, and meat. We'll explore topics such as production and labour (agricultural and industrial), retail, marketing, and consumption. You'll engage actively with key historical and contemporary problems such as colonialism, fair trade, famine, and sustainability. We'll also examine representations of commodities such as chocolate within literature and advertising. Through reflecting on food and drink in local and global contexts, you'll be encouraged to discover and debate key concepts including gender, class, race and power.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.