ANT395Y0 Special Topics in Anthropology: Andalusian Cuisine – A Window to Spanish Culture

Food is one of the most central phenomena defining any culture. This is especially true in Spain, and in Andalusia specifically, where its cuisine has defined the region for centuries. In this course, we will take an interdisciplinary approach to explore the history and tradition of food within Andalusia and in Spain in general. We will examine the relationship between food and culture, and how both have transformed and shaped each other over the years. Our learning inside the classroom will be supplemented by weekly cooking classes, in which we will get to explore the local cuisine with a more hands-on approach.

Prerequisites: None
Breadth Requirement = None
Recommended Preparation: ANT100Y1 or ANT200Y1 or ANT203Y1 or ANT204H1 or ANT207H1
Note: Not all food allergies can be accommodated for this course.
ANT395Y0 – 2020 Draft Syllabus

Field Trips: This course will include field trips to the Cathedral of Seville, Itálica and the Royal Palace. There will also be excursions to a local market, winery, local beach, an olive oil factory and a flamenco show. The program will conclude with a two-night, three-day trip to Córdoba and Granada during which students will visit Alhambra, the famous Moorish fortress of Spain and one of the most visited monuments in the world. Students will also visit the cities of Aracena and Jerez, signature places for the best Spanish country ham and sherry wines. The total cost of these field trips is CAD$1,000 which include entrance fees, transportation and guides.

Instructor: Dr. Natalia Couste completed her doctoral studies at The University of Toronto, where she worked as a course instructor. She has done extensive research on urban spaces and participated in numerous symposiums in Canada and Spain. Based on a transatlantic perspective she carried a comparative study between contemporary Mexico City, Santiago de Chile and the Golden Age urban spaces of Madrid and Seville. She earned her Master’s Degree at the University of Western Ontario specializing in Southern Cone literature. She’s currently the acting coordinator for the Canada-Spain Summer Abroad Program. Her professional interests include international education and the development of innovative cultural programs for international students and scholars.