Religious food ethics incorporate the food-related beliefs and practices of varying faiths. In this course, both agricultural and dietary habits of a diverse set of faith traditions will be studied. We will define religion and look at varying examples of it. Some belief systems have names for their food habits, such as kashrut or ital, while others do not.
Some traditions focus on what believers should do whereas others focus on what believers should not do. Students will develop an appreciation for the diversity of religious food ethics and be able to better understand the actual and perceived impacts of various food systems.
This course is meant to inspire greater interfaith understanding and respect, especially in regard to the variety of religious diets. Accordingly, the instructor has made sure a diverse range of belief systems is present, so as to reduce bias and increase holistic learning.
Some of the global and indigenous religions studied here include Sikhism, Christianity, Rastafarianism, Judaism, Hinduism, Oneida, and Islam, among others. Students will also have weekly opportunities to find examples of other religions and their food habits.
Note to students:
Note to parents:
- The structure of this course follows this plan: concept introduction, discussion of varying religious food practices, and research.
- If you have questions about whether this course is right for your child, please contact the instructor, Avalon Jade Theisen.
- Homework completion is expected. Expect 2 hours of homework per week, including notetaking and researching religious food practices of your student’s choosing.