Spring 2020 - FASS 101W D100

STT - FASSFirst Special Topics Seminar (Inactive) (3)

Food Networks in Interdisciplinary Perspective

Class Number: 9112

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    RCB 5118, Burnaby



Students choose one of 10 FASSFirst Special Topics seminars open only to first-year FASS students by invitation from the Dean’s Office. Top ranked professors from across the Faculty work with students to discover the surprising, profound and interdisciplinary reach of the arts and social sciences. Students will learn to draw connections between values, ideas and evidence while developing core academic skills, from reading to research, writing and dialogue. Students with credit for FASS 101 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Hum/Soc Sci.


You are in a relationship with food. Status: it’s complicated. Eating is a personal and political act and this course will provide students with the inter-disciplinary tools to build self-knowledge through journaling, investigating family/community history and mapping local and global food source/distribution networks (foodwebs). Together we will engage with the complex economic, political, and moral terrain of foodways in the contested past, the rapidly changing present, and the uncertain future. Whether motivated by personal goals, community identity, social justice, or just curiosity, students can pursue individual interests while learning (and sharing food!) with their peers.  

This is a first year seminar, where we will discuss and investigate topics in a variety of formats: roundtable (whole class) lecture and discussion, small groups, films, individual activities, workshops, guest lectures, and possibly field trips. Students will attend SFU-specific workshops on library skills, presentation skills, mental health, and equity and diversity in food studies. Class attendance and active participation in discussion and activities are required. In this writing-intensive class, students will be introduced to different writing genres in the humanities and social sciences and will receive detailed feedback on writing to improve student communication skills. We will be eating together in class each week, choosing foods that thematically compliment that week’s topic and readings, and adhering to a zero-waste commitment for classroom consumption.


  • Journaling 15%
  • Food In the News 10%
  • Book Review 15%
  • Participation/Discussion 20%
  • Research Project: 40%


Reserach Project Breakdown

  • Proposal: 5%
  • First Draft: 10%
  • Presentation/Peer Review: 10%
  • Final Draft: 15%

*Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning at 778-782-3112 or caladmin@sfu.ca.



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Registrar Notes:

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