Course code:



M - Intermediate

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • HS - Human Studies

Lab fee:


Typically offered:

Every other year

Eating is both a biological need and an intensely social activity. This course examines the evolution, diversity, social significance, and health consequences of the human diet across time and space. Designed as a college seminar, this course introduces students to writing as process—prewriting, writing, and rewriting—and the broad and dynamic subfield of nutritional anthropology. Through academic articles, films, and guest lectures, the course weaves together the biological and cultural threads of anthropology to consider human nutrition in all its complexity. The course is designed to complement The Anthropology of Food by focusing in on biocultural approaches to the study of human diets. The course covers foundations and theories of nutritional anthropology, the evolution and adaptation of human diets, dietary transitions and globalization, and under- and over-nutrition. Students are evaluated based on class participation, a series of synthesis papers, a critical analysis paper, and a research project including a paper and an audio-visual presentation.



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