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Food Course

Food, Culture & the Environment

Ended May 30, 2022

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Full course description

About this course

UC Berkeley is pleased to offer alumni complimentary access to the online course Food, Culture, and the Environment, taught by renowned Cal instructor Kristen Rasmussen de Vasquez, MS, RDN. This course will broadly address the historical, ecological, socioeconomic, biological, political, and cultural environments impacting the human diet and, in turn, how the human diet plays a role in factors such as climate change. It is a nutrition course with an anthropological slant that examines diet and cuisine. Through exposure to these concepts, this course aims to inspire you to become more aware, informed, and intentional about your role and participation in the food system.

Format: online; asynchronous

Dates available: March 7, 2022 - May 27, 2022 (12 weeks)

Optional synchronous sessions (through Zoom):


Meet & Greet with instructor Kristen Rasmussen de Vasquez
Date & Time: Tuesday, March 15th at 10:00 am PST

Cooking Demonstration with instructor Kristen Rasmusssen de Vasquez
Date & Time: Monday, May 23rd at 11:00 am PST

Course Expectations:

This course is asynchronous, meaning that you can complete everything in your own time and at your own pace. There will be recorded lectures and other materials each week, as well as readings and discussion assignments to engage with (all are optional).  At the end of the class, you can test your knowledge with an optional quiz. 


Recommended Materials: 

Access to a computer with internet connectivity