Virtually no discipline attracts more public attention or generates more controversies than nutrition. The reasons for this vary. Food and nutrition can be viewed through multiple lenses: the personal, familial, communal, cultural, political, historical, and scientific. This course explores the scientific underpinnings of several hot topics and controversies, which will be examined from the perspectives of scientists and consumers (of food and media), with an undercurrent fostering self-understanding of implicit biases. The class will engage in debates and discussions designed to illuminate different perspectives. Students will have the opportunity to research, evaluate, and present their findings on a nutrition-related topic that is of concern to them.
Summer 2021 Instructor: Nicole Schultz