Unit description

Introduces students to the concept of aesthetics in relation to the education of the senses, encompassing historical, cultural and gastronomic contexts and how specific tastes are culturally constructed. The unit familiarises students to all aspects of aesthetic experience as it pertains to food and drink. The unit fosters an appreciation of, and the ability to critically examine, the historical and cultural importance of aesthetic experiences.

Unit content

Topic 1: What is aesthetics?: history, traditions, norms, and prejudices
Topic 2: Social parameters and constraints of aesthetic experience: fashions, fads, and phobias
Topic 3: Cultural parameters and constraints of aesthetic experience: status, class, and power
Topic 4: Gastronomic parameters of aesthetic experience: pleasure and the arts of the table
Topic 5: Wine with food style: harmony and balance as aesthetic ideals; expressing pleasure in words
Topic 6: Aesthetic education: contemporary neurogastronomic perspectives

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 2

  • Korsmeyer, C, 2005, The Taste Culture Reader: Experiencing Food and Drink, Bloomsbury Academic; English edition, London. ISBN: 1845200616.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 3 hours (12 weeks)
Case study60%

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Fee information


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