SOCI2130 Food, Culture and Society

This is a course about the social relations of our food system: how we produce, distribute, prepare and consume our food. Students will explore topics of culture, identity, and history as well as the effects of our food system on public health, social inequality, and the environment on both a local and global level. Students will also explore alternatives to the current food system.




Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0921 and Qualifying score on writing assessment test OR ENGL1021 or ENGL1026. Basic computer skills recommended

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Explain the social construction of food
Explain the relationship between food and identity
Trace changes in our food system through human history
Diagram the parts of the food system
Analyze the relationship between the food system and public health
Analyze the relationship between the food system and social inequality
Analyze the relationship between the food system and the environment
Differentiate food-based social movements
Evaluate solutions to food system problems

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

Disability Services assists students with disabilities who need accommodations to access programs, services and college activities.  If this applies to you, please contact the DS Office on your campus to initiate the accommodations process. 
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Credit Details



MnTC Goal Areas:

5 & 10