5 Foods that Changed the Course of History

Ref: C3746788

In this course we will explore how five common food stuffs have affected history. We will look for example at how the trade in sugar is tragically linked to the expansion of the slave trade, and how our search for tea had a role to play in revolution and war. As well as exploring the history we will explore how these profound changes in our social, political and economic lives are still influencing us to this day.

Course aim

This course will focus on five common food stuffs and explore how these affected history, both at the time, and to the present day.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Be able to describe how the trade in sugar is linked with the expansion of the slave trade
  • Discuss the role that tea played in the Chinese Opium wars of the 1840s
  • Be able to describe how the trade in bananas is linked to the creation of banana republics, repression and revolution
  • Discuss the history of beef consumption and the current environmental impact of its consumption

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

- What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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5 Foods that Changed the Course of History

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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