Summer 2024 - HIST 185 D100

Studies in History (3)

Foodways in Global History

Class Number: 3263

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Wed, 2:30–5:20 p.m.



Special topics. Students may repeat this course for further credit under a different topic. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.


Foodways: The Art and Science of Food History

You are in a relationship with food. Status: it’s complicated. Eating is a personal, cultural, and political practice informed by history, popular culture, family values, religious adherence, economics, identity, and environment. This course will provide students with the inter-disciplinary tools to investigate global trends in food history. Together we will engage with the complex economic, political, scientific, and moral terrain of foodways in the contested past, the rapidly changing present, and the uncertain future. Whether motivated by historical curiosity, personal goals, community identity, social justice, food science, or a love of food, students can pursue individual interests while learning (and sharing) with their peers.

This is a first-year seminar style class where food has a seat at the table. We will discuss and investigate topics in a variety of formats: roundtable (whole class) lecture and discussion, small groups, films, individual activities, workshops, and guest lectures. Active participation in seminar discussion is required. This could include: working in groups, posting to Canvas discussion boards, contributing food, reporting food in the news, and participating in class discussions.


  • Food in the News and other Student Contributions 10%
  • Book/Doc Review 20%
  • Participation/discussion 30%
  • Final Project (including proposal and draft) 40%


Assessments & Breakdown (5% redistribution as per student preference)

Food in the News and other Student Contributions: 10%

Book/Doc Review: 20% (5% for in class presentations)

Participation/discussion: 30%

Final Project: 40% subdivided by proposal, presentation/peer review, draft, final submission




The Oxford Handbook of Food History, Jeffrey M. Pilcher (Ed.), OUP, 2012. Online via SFU library.

Other texts, videos, and resources to be posted or linked online through our Canvas course page.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at:

Registrar Notes:


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Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the term are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.