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Global Cuisine: Academics

Fairfield University

Academic credit for the Global Cuisine program is awarded by Fairfield University. Fairfield University is a private Jesuit university founded in 1942 in Fairfield, Connecticut, well known for their commitment to international education. Fairfield is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

In 2020 Fairfield and AIFS partnered to develop a school of record relationship that will allow academic credit to be available for both Fairfield and non-Fairfield students.

Course syllabi and faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University.

Academic Overview

Attendance at all lectures and site visits is mandatory.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Transcripts are issued by Fairfield University. An official transcript will be sent directly to the student’s home institution on completion of the program.

Course Description

ANTH/SOCI 346 (3)
Global Cuisine and Food Culture in Europe

This course will focus on the food culture in the three different locations of London, Barcelona and Florence. The course will introduce students to global cuisine in London and examine it as a cultural phenomenon inextricably linked to immigration. Taking a historical perspective, the course will explore the role of culinary dishes adopted as “national dishes” in the U.K., from fish and chips to chicken tikka masala, and analyze their origins and evolution into iconic British foods. The course will also explore the importance of food culture within Catalan and Tuscan societies and the specific social, economic and cultural factors behind making local produce. Students will be introduced to European legislation and the different classifications to promote and protect regional food sources and adhere to specific standards. Finally, the course will ask students to apply creative and original thinking by drawing lessons from global food cultures in how to address issues such as health, organic farming and “slow food” and how they are approached in the three respective countries.

Students will gain an understanding of the role of history, tradition and immigration in relation to global cuisines and food culture and be introduced to different cultural identities through field trips directly linked to global cuisine. They will explore the particular food products and their significance in the local and national culture and critically analyze food culture within London, Barcelona and Florence to evaluate the main challenges facing them.

The course will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars, with emphasis on student attendance and participation and students are required to lead classroom discussion based on assigned readings and to present in groups on prepared topics. Discussion and debate are viewed as an essential part of the interactive and participatory learning program. Students will participate in assignments and activities that require them to consider and reflect upon how their own and/or others’ attitudes about food culture are shaped as well as to explore the theme of “belonging” and transnational influence through the global cuisines they will encounter. Different areas of London, Barcelona and Florence will be visited throughout the course and firsthand experience of trying different foods and ingredients is a fundamental part of the course.

By the end of the course, students will be able to recognize and explain the complex relationship between different societies and their food culture and analyze the debates surrounding food culture and global cuisine offering a comparative approach between the U.K., Catalonia (Spain) and Italy as experienced in London, Barcelona and Florence.


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