Food, health and philosophy in East and West 2017

Dates: 30 March - 8 April 2017
Sites: Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou

Course for PhD students and R&D professionals interested in food and health and the underlying (cultural, philosophical and scientific) reasons for specific health views.

Course objectives AND learning outcomes

  • To give the participants a better understanding of the scientific, cultural and philosophical background for specific diet habits and health views. By coupling fieldwork with insights into the basics of natural, social and human sciences, the course compares traditions of the Western world with those in China.
  • This makes the participants aware of the potentials and limitations of modern science and its role in diet and health globalization. An open-minded, fruitful crosstalk across different academic fields shall support researchers from the food-health area to see their own topic from a greater methodological perspective.

Key attention points

  • Credits: 5 ECTS (incl. presentation/report)
  • The course uses insights about food and health in East and West to illustrate how natural science, social science and human science all contribute to the creation of new knowledge
  • The course mixes academic lectures with site visits to universities, food markets, food/health companies, hospitals and cultural/religious sites to augment the learning process
  • Scholarships are available
  • Organised under Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen
  • Sponsors: ARLA, Carlsberg Foundation and University of Copenhagen
  • Organisers: University of Copenhagen, University of Hong Kong and Sun Yat-sen University.