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The Rhetorical Interpretation of Modern Food

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Spring 2016
Rhetoric 98 / 198
1 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

Cassandra Thanh & Lawrence Bai

Office hours: By Appointment

Course Description
This decal will focus primarily on the rhetoric of food, namely its rise as a unifying factor in modern culture. During this semester, we will be reading several works that discuss the importance and implications associated with eating, and the members of the course will be taking trips to different eateries around Berkeley in order to experience first-hand the foods that characterize modern societies. Starting from a historical standpoint, we will transition to present tropes regarding the foods that we live by.  

Required Texts
Course reader 

Grading breakdown
Participation: 30% 
bCourses Discussion Postings: 35% 
Final:  35% 

Physical as well as mental attendance is required for this course. Students should arrive no later than 10 minutes after the hour. 

Electronic devices
The use of electronic devices is not permitted in this class, except for students who require DSP accommodations or students who are paid note-takers for DSP students.  This policy extends to laptop computers, PDAs, cell phones, Blackberries, IPhones, IPods, MP3 players, recording devices and others (up to the discretion of the facilitators). Please ask if you are unsure whether a certain device is not allowed.  

Disability accommodations
If you need disability-related accommodations in this class, please inform the facilitators as soon as possible.  Students who need academic accommodations should request them from the Disabled Students Program, 260 César Chavez Center, 642-0518 (voice) and 642-6376 (TTY).


You are expected to read all assigned texts for the course and post prior to coming to class.
Readings will be discussed in depth during class and postings will be incorporated into the discussion. 

In-class participation

Participation in class discussions and trips to different eateries is required. Should anyone be unable to attend a class (discussion or trip), they must notify the facilitators at least two weeks in advance. Any students who are under financial pressure can also talk to facilitators about possible alternatives. 

There will be one final.  We will discuss the logistics of the exam as it approaches.

How to Enroll:

Enrollment is based on class attendance and participation. The first few classes are critical if you are serious about joining the class and exceptions will only be made on a case by cases basis.

Course Contact: cthanh AT

Faculty Sponsor: Ramona Naddaff

Time & Location:

Rhetoric and FoodCassandra Thanh
10283 Dwinelle HallTh 5p-7p2/04started

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