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In this course students learn about a selection of European cuisines and how they have been plated up for consumption in Melbourne. Food and wine are often used to support national and regional identity. In the first part of this course, students will consider the relationship between gastronomy and identity. Students will be introduced to a range of key culinary concepts and practices and the way we talk about them. Through analysis of some of the key features of French, Italian and Spanish cuisines, students will consider how these countries’ culinary profiles speak to wider socio-political issues such as authenticity, food and space, cultural practices and the history of food and wine.
In the second part of this course, students will consider issues of “authenticity” in the way cuisines are plated up for consumption in Melbourne. This will require students to interrogate their assumptions and expectations about European foods and wines and to reflect on their personal experience of the “taste” of Europe.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have experienced first-hand the relationship between cuisine and identity formation;
- be able to critically analyse key culinary texts, using theoretical frameworks relevant to food and wine studies;
- be able to evaluate the relationship between cultural production, such as cuisine, and identity formation;
- have developed an in-depth understanding of specific historical and cultural issues and contexts;
- be abe to comment on the significance of authenticity and othering to food practices;
- have developed the ability to evaluate the strength of theories, and develop an argument by reference to appropriate sources.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed effective public speaking and written communication skills;
- have acquired critical thinking and analytical skills;
- have acquired an understanding of cultural, linguistic, national and transnational contexts;
- have developed an international awareness and openness to the world;
- have developed effective time management and planning skills.
Last updated: 22 November 2023