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Aug 20, 2013 06:26 PM

Coursera-Economic Issues, Food and You

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.

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  1. 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 was painful

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    1. re: girloftheworld

      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

        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

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

          I liked Chow a lot . " Fud"

          1. re: C. Hamster

            the prenology of the food world ---

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

    2. 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

        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.