Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ANTM004: Food and Agriculture in Historical Perspective

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits15 ECTS Value7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Harry G West (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module examines food and foodways from the late Paleolithic to the present day. You will study the transition from hunter-gathering to pastoralism and agriculture in the late Paleolithic; foodways and food systems in antiquity; the development of food markets and the movement of food stuffs between world regions; changing cultures of cooking and dining from the early modern period to the present day; the industrialization of agriculture and food processing; the nutrition transition and the rise of obesity; and the implications of changing foodways and food systems for the environment and consumer safety.

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