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Today the existence of nations and national identities are taken for granted. However, nations as a political entity are a relatively recent phenomenon. This course will examine the origin of modern day nations, examine how national identities are created and look at the future of the nation state.
This course will critically examine food choice, the role that food plays in our lives today and its changing role in the future. Everyday all of us consciously and subconsciously make choices concerning what food we eat. These choices are based on more than personal preference of taste. In the first half of the course we will look at how what we eat is influenced by internal and external factors, such as personal and group identity, ethics, technology, environment, and economics. The course will ask you to conduct your own research paper in which you develop a research question concerning an emerging issue related to how food plays a role in human identity, issues surrounding access and availability to food, and what (if any) responsibility we have in making choices concerning food consumption.