ENGL1060 Food in Literature and Film

This course will introduce students to stories about food and the environments in which it grows, feeds, entertains, communicates, creates community, and becomes art. As students analyze the intersections between food and diverse stories from local and global voices, including some of the newest voices on the topic of food and the environment, they will consider the major themes that emerge. They will also consider and discuss their own stories in relationship to those of others.


Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0921 or instructor approval

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:
Examine the role of food in oral, verbal, and visual storytelling
Demonstrate awareness of the variety of food narratives
Analyze the elements of storytelling techniques used to engage the reader
Identify themes that emerge from food narratives
Analyze food narratives as expressions of individual and human values within historical, cultural, and environmental contexts that shape them
Discuss personal connections, reactions, and stories in relation to themes about food
Identify prominent names in contemporary stories about food and environment
Articulate environmental and natural resource issues that emerge from the narratives presented in text and film, as well as possible solutions to them

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 Course Credits 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:

6 & 10