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Coursera-Economic Issues, Food and You

ennuisans Aug 20, 2013 06:26 PM

A free upcoming online course starting September 9.


"This course emphasizes the role of economics regarding its influence on food prices, the environment, and government policies."

I took the recently-ended Science of Gastronomy course and actually stuck with it until about half way through. Here's hoping I can do better on this one.

  1. C. Hamster Aug 22, 2013 11:30 AM

    I didn't get much out of science of gastronomy. I quit at week 4 or 5.

    Liked that the instructor's name was Chow, though.

    I signed up for Harvard's über popular Science and Food class this fall

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    1. re: C. Hamster
      ennuisans Aug 22, 2013 12:07 PM

      Fantastic! I've got their lectures on iTunes but it's all a bit above my skill set right now.

      The Harvard series is the first university class I've come across to release a trailer beforehand.


    2. girloftheworld Aug 21, 2013 02:48 PM

      I did the science of gastronmy course.... it was hard.. not difficult..just a cross between my seventh grade science class and having a Charlie Chan reading What Enstein Told His Chef...it was painful

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      1. re: girloftheworld
        ennuisans Aug 21, 2013 03:19 PM

        I didn't get as far as the second instructor, but Chow's conversational English was very good. It was when he was trying to explain complex neurowhatsits in simple language that I would often feel uncertain whether I got his meaning as intended.

        Still not a worthless experience (I was among the 20% who weirdly thought vinegar tasted more sour with sugar added, so that was interesting) and no money lost.

        1. re: ennuisans
          girloftheworld Aug 21, 2013 03:27 PM

          twice my assignments missed being accepted to the time difference :( and twice they did not record for some reason I cant figure out except I used my phone rather my computer... soooooo I may not get my certificate....but I did pick up a few things..I dont believe in the "tounge map"

          1. re: girloftheworld
            C. Hamster Aug 24, 2013 03:39 PM

            The tounge map made me sorta quit since its been so disproven.

            I liked Chow a lot . " Fud"

            1. re: C. Hamster
              girloftheworld Aug 24, 2013 05:31 PM

              the prenology of the food world ---

              I am disappointed I didn't get my certificate to hang on the wall

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