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Unit description

Introduces students to the philosophical and methodological principles related to gastronomy as an academic discipline. The unit demonstrates the philosophical principles of gastronomy in the historical context and uses a range of approaches to understand complex issues related to food and drink culture. The primary aim is to develop the critical and analytical skills required to understand a range of issues concerning food and drink culture(s) in historical and contemporary contexts.

Unit content

1. The scope of gastronomy 
2. Drink and drinking 
3. Cooking 
4. Eating 
5. Commodification and commercialisation of eating 
6. Writing gastronomy

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)

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