SOC 321

Food, Culture, and Society

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective May 2, 2018 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course introduces and explores the sociological perspective through the study of food. While eating is a biological necessity and often a social activity, the meanings of food are embedded in larger socio-cultural contexts. Food is connected to individual and cultural identities, structures of power and inequality, and activism and social justice. Students will examine the social forces and social relations surrounding food, and the links between food and bodies. Lecture, discussion, multimedia materials, and a variety of readings are used to study the complex connections between food, culture, and society.


Learning outcomes


  • Comprehends and applies sociological concepts, theories, and processes to the study of food.
  • Examines and appreciates how culture, gender, race, ethnicity, and class influence food-related practices and behaviors.
  • Applies course materials to ones own experiences with food socialization.
  • Interprets and evaluates contemporary social issues in relation to food.
  • Writes analytical papers that are informed, well reasoned, and literate at an upper division college level.