Course Description

In regard to sustainability, this course has been designed to engage students with various topics and concepts tied to food tourism and food culture while equipping them with fundamental strategies and tools to address food scarcity and the need for food justice. Those strategies and tools will be useful and necessary in leading and administering a public, non-profit, commercial leisure service agency, and even a division of a non-leisure service based agency.

Nothing is more fundamental to human survival and satisfaction than food. The production, preparation and consumption of food involves us in intimate relations with the natural world and with each other. In this course we explore how foodways are expressions of individual and cultural identity. People use food to define themselves as individuals, groups or whole societies. We will identify the meaning and significance of food in different cultures by exploring the way the ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status and religion influence global food choices or preferences. Additionally, we will examine how culture is conveyed and preserved through food. In viewing food, food tourism, and food culture through a lens of sustainability as the balancing of human-environmental interactions, the aims of the course are to:

  1. locate definitions of sustainability, public health, and environmental justice relevant to food;
  2. situate an understanding of food culture via field experiences that reveal cases of social inequity, health disparities, and residential segregation; and,
  3. promote activities that reflect a base knowledge of sustainability on food that can expanded on throughout IU Office of Sustainability affiliated curriculum.

GenEd Information: Not currently approved for IU Bloomington GenEd. See the GenEd Website for more information.

Catalog Information: SPH-R 250 TOPICS IN RPTS

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Course Instructor: Rasul Mowatt

Rasul A. Mowatt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies within the School of Public Health - Bloomington, Indiana University and the Department of American Studies in The College of Arts & Sciences. His main research areas: social justice, leisure studies, cultural studies, and critical pedagogy. His work on analyzing historical photography for examples of violence as a form of leisure has been published in a special issue of Policy Futures in Education, American Behavioral Scientist, and in the collaborative release of Globalizing cultural studies: Ethnographic interventions in theory, method & policy. Additional work on perceived notions of identity in Journal of Parks and Recreation Administration, Ghanaian Slave Castles in Annals of Tourism Research, a critique of the concept of Whiteness in the Journal of Leisure Research, alternative treatment to veterans with PTSD in the Therapeutic Recreation Journal, attitudes and perceptions of sexual orientation and identity among athletes in Recreation Sport Journal, gender equity in tourism and hospitality in Tourism Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and pedagogical research on "bottlenecks" to student learning, field specific application of backwards learning, and team-based learning. While in his spare time he has enjoyed DJi

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