STS 1126.101 — Science & Society Topics: Food-Flix & Chill
Course Description: If the films produced over the last 15 years serve as any indication, food resonates. With titles ranging from Supersize Me(2003) to Food Evolution(2016), with the likes of Cowspiracy(2014) and a few thought-provoking Chipotle commercials sprinkled in-between, food topics have no dearth of cinematic appeal. This seminar will teach you to write clearly about food issues, paying particular attention to the parallels between the chosen films and contemporary food-related social movements. In addition to critical analysis of films through a “food studies” lens, we will sample readings from a variety of related genres, from science writing to blogs and media criticism. Writing assignments will span these methods, culminating in the submission of a collaboratively researched proposal for a class film script.