OnlineSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Introduces students to the concept of aesthetics as it relates to the gastronomic education of the senses. Sensory taste is considered as a particular type of knowledge and, in doing so, the way that specific historical, cultural and aesthetic conditions determine and influence the experience of taste is explored. The unit takes a broadly philosophical, critical approach to aesthetic experience as it pertains to food, wine and other drinks, with the aim of fostering an appreciation of taste's contribution to knowledge, ethical living and community well-being.

Unit content

Topic 1: What is aesthetics: history, gastronomy, norms, and prejudices?
Topic 2: Social and cultural parameters of aesthetic experience: fashion, status and power
Topic 3: Gastronomic parameters of aesthetic experience: pleasure and the arts of the table
Topic 4: The aesthetics of drink and drinking
Topic 5: The aesthetics of dining: the elements of style
Topic 6: Aesthetic education: contemporary scientific and philosophical approaches

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, English edition, London. ISBN: 1845200616.
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)
Case study60%

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