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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Strengthens students' understanding of how "food" in a symbolic sense is used to communicate ideas, values, points of view, tastes, and opinions. It is designed to encourage students to express ideas, opinions and evaluations relating to food and drink, with particular emphasis on writing in a professional context. Food and drink as a means of communication will be explored through literature, art, film and television.

Unit content

Topic 1 Meanings of food and drink
Topic 2 The language of food and drink
Topic 3 Restaurants and reviews
Topic 4 Food and drink in literature
Topic 5 Food and drink in art
Topic 6 Food and drink in film and television

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 evaluate the potential of food and drink as communicative media
2 explore the symbolic and sub-textual meanings and uses of food and drink in literature, art, film and television
3 critically analyse contemporary industry practices in terms of their effectiveness as communicative media
4 demonstrate appropriate communication skills in gastronomy contexts.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. evaluate the potential of food and drink as communicative media
    • GA2:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  2. explore the symbolic and sub-textual meanings and uses of food and drink in literature, art, film and television
    • GA2:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  3. critically analyse contemporary industry practices in terms of their effectiveness as communicative media
    • GA2:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  4. demonstrate appropriate communication skills in gastronomy contexts.
    • GA2:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:

Prescribed texts

  • There are various editions of the book available. The latest editions include writing for a web-based audience: Jacob, D, 2010, Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir and More, 2nd edn, Da Capo Lifelong Books.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.