HONR 5701.11—The World on a Plate: How Food Shapes Civilization


Instructor Information

Course Creator and Lecturer: José Andrés
Course Manager: Kim Robien, PhD, RD
E-mail: krobien@gwu.edu 
Office Hours: By appointment

Course Description

This course, created by internationally renowned chef and humanitarian José Andrés, surveys the many ways in which food and society interact.  Faculty and guest lecturers have been carefully selected to expand the experiences of students who choose to participate in this exciting exploration of a truly interdisciplinary topic.  In this course, we invite you to think deeply about food in its many different roles, e.g., as a critical factor in public health, as an industry, as a science, as the medium of the craft of cooking, and as a political instrument.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify the importance of food in many different spheres of modern civilization.
  2. Compare similar views and contrast divergent views of food’s role in history.
  3. Articulate, both verbally and in writing, how food has shaped civilization through its multiple connections with everyday life, as well as with national and international affairs.
  4. Critically evaluate the role of food in the future of a global community with a growing opulation on a planet with limited resources.
  5. Create and execute an action plan to address at least one food-related issue of importance to society.

World on a Plate 2014 Syllabus (pdf)