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M - Intermediate

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Meets the following requirements:

  • HS - Human Studies

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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. Through academic readings, discussions, 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, but the content is unique and one is not a prerequisite for the other. 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 participation, a series of short papers, and a literature review.



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