CUL217 - What is on the Menu

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Last revision date May 7, 2020 4:11:02 PM
Last review date May 7, 2020 4:11:02 PM

Subject Title
What is on the Menu

Subject Description
The most often asked question in a household is "What's for dinner?"

Why do we spend so much time thinking about where and what to eat?  Why are our earliest memories connected to food?  Why does food have its own network on television?  Why do we watch celebrity chefs compete with the same enthusiasm we save for sporting events?  This 3 hour a week course will look at how food is chosen, presented and eaten, and the rituals, old and new, behind food and our eating habits.

Credit Status
One General Education elective credit in the Arts and Humanities category.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

On successfully completing this course, students will be able to

1. Explain aspects of food relating to family events and cultural traditions;
2. Explore current trends and health issues in the food industry;
3. Critique a restaurant;
4. Apply writing and research fundamentals;
5. Present an oral report based on research.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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