Georgian College - Course Outline


Term: Winter 2019

Subject Code:
Course Number:
PLA Applicable:
Course Name:
Culture and Cuisine
Grade Mode:
Post Secondary

Two way equivalent(s):

GNED 2081 - Culture and Cuisine (ODE)

Students are advised to retain course outlines for future use in support of applications for employment or transfer of credits

Course Description:

Exploring cuisine is a good way to explore culture. This course examines the geographical and historical factors that combine to create a culture and its cuisine, and investigates the social and religious symbolism of food and sharing food. The course analyzes a range of cultures and cuisines, ancient and modern, to show how they reflect and reveal the variety of human experience.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Define culture and identify its components.
2. Investigate the relationship between geography, culture, and cuisine as a facet of the anthropological theory of cultural materialism.
3. Discuss the relationship between various religious and spiritual beliefs and food traditions, taboos, and rituals.
4. Examine the social meanings and symbolism of selecting, preparing, and sharing food across cultures.
5. Analyze current political, ethical, and sociological issues related to food, culture, technology, and cuisine.

Course Content:

- Culture and cuisine: definition(s) and components
food; society and food: symbolism of food and sharing
- Modern movements and issues: political, ethical,
ecological, and health considerations
- Cultural materialism: regions of the world and their
essential carbohydrates, proteins, fats or oils, and
other ingredients; geography, food, and technology
- Historical pathways and global migrations of food:
warriors, traders, explorers, missionaries, colonialists,
adventurers, and immigrants; culinary fusions and
- Culture and cuisine: religion, ritual and symbolism of


Tests/examinations/assignments must be written/submitted at the time specified. Requests for adjustments to that schedule must be made before the test/exam/assignment date to the faculty member. Failure to do so will result in a mark of “0”, unless an illness/emergency can be proven with appropriate documentation at no cost to the College.

The passing grade for all courses is 50%, or letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) unless otherwise noted below. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester of a program is 60% and is a requirement to graduate.

Tests: 60% Assignments: 40%


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  1. a mark on the assignment, test, examination or practical experience;
  2. a final mark for a course or co-op work term;
  3. missing or incorrect assessment information on a grade report and/or transcript

A student cannot appeal a decision regarding whether or not a PLA or Exemption is available for an individual course, nor the method of challenge used.

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