Food and Agriculture in Historical Perspective (HISM041)

30 credits

This module examines food and foodways from the late Paleolithic to the present day. You will study the transition from hunter-gathering to pastoralism and agriculture in the late Paleolithic; foodways and food systems in antiquity; the development of food markets and the movement of food stuffs between world regions; changing cultures of cooking and dining from the early modern period to the present day; the industrialisation of agriculture and food processing; the nutrition transition and the rise of obesity; and the implications of changing foodways and food systems for the environment and consumer safety.