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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Open to: Students from any U.S. institution Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Eligibility: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students
Area of Study: Anthropology, Any, History, International Studies, Psychology, Sociology Term: Winter
Program Advisor: Olga Crombie Credits: 3
Global Pathway UB Areas: Social Sciences
Program Description:

Sociology of Food in London

London is one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities on the planet. Every accent and language—and every type of flavor and food—is available for us to hear, see, taste, and experience in London. An exciting mix of the old and new, London has a population of over 7 million people and nearly 30% of those claim to have been born outside the UK, making it one of the world's most international cities. Few cities offer more spectacular opportunities to learn about sociologically relevant food studies.

Tower Bridge - London
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Join award winning professor, Dr. Debra Street, in London to explore how food and water shape both everyday and exotic experiences in the modern world. In Sociology of Food (SOC 358 for undergraduate students and SOC 555 for graduate students), a sociological lens is used to explore a taken for granted part of our daily lives.  Students will acquire new understanding of how globalization has changed the ways people and societies produce, consume, and dispose of food, and why the future of food security has become such a critical area of study. In addition, this course satisfies the UB Curriculum Global Pathway or SUNY General Education requirement for Social Sciences.

The classroom is not the only place we'll be! Academically focused excursions include visits to different kinds of food markets—from Harrod's famous Food Halls, to supermarkets, street markets, and historic wholesale markets--places that underscore social inequalities associated with food production and distribution. At the Docklands Museum at Canary Wharf, we can see how the British Empire traded in slaves, spices and sugar and spread capitalism and democracy throughout the world—creating legacies both of progress and oppression. Food's critical and strategic role in war is often overlooked, but not at the Imperial War Museum, where the story of food in conflict settings unfolds. Food is medicine, just ask any doctor! Outstanding medical museums are other sites we visit. What engineering marvels were needed in a city whose 19th century population explosion required new ways to get safe food and water to its citizens?  We’ll find out at the Museum of London. London’s incredible array of ethnic enclaves feature the flavors, patterns and influences of culturally diverse foodways linked to immigrant experiences. We’ll visit those places, too!
No human endeavor is untouched by the necessity of food and water for survival. Existing opportunities and as-yet unannounced exhibits and events will help us explore food themes in London.

Please read the
Sociology of Food in London Winter 2019 Study Abroad Program Guide for more  information and note that this will also be available to students accepted to the program through the online application system.
Winter 2019 students will be centrally located in the heart of Camden, one of the buzziest areas of London. Accommodation at Stay Club is shared studios (2 students per room) with ensuite toilet/shower, equipped kitchenettes and compact study areas. There are laundry facilities on-site, plus comfortable and spacious common areas for mixing with other students. This is a GREAT location—and housing costs are included in the UB Program Fee. Our classrooms will be in South Kensington (a posh neighborhood in central London).  All students will receive zones 1-2 Oyster cards on arrival day that are good for the entire program, which covers the costs of all public transportation in central London.

Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on Winter.

UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page.

Please contact the Faculty Program Director:

Dr. Debra Street

The Study Abroad Program Advisor, Olga Crombie, can be reached by email or by phone (716) 645-6279. Walk-ins are welcome in 1Capen on M-F from 12:30-4:30pm and appointments can be scheduled M-F from 10am-noon.

This program is currently not accepting applications.