Course syllabus

Mat, tradition och innovation
Food, Tradition and Innovation

EXTA85, 7,5 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2021/22
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED LIV
Date of Decision: 2021-04-20

General Information

Depth of study relative to the degree requirements: First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements.
Elective Compulsory for: KLMT3
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The course deals with the use of food and meals to create meaning. It starts with an introduction to the concepts of tradition, innovation and cultural analysis. The historical development of food culture phenomena is studied. The social context of eating, the meal, serves as a focal point in the course and both everyday and festive occasions, at home as well at other places, are studied. The course also includes an ethnographic field study, including discussions and analyses of methodology and material. It provides students with perspectives on how food culture is a process in constant change.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must



Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must



Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The teaching consists of group assignments, lectures and seminars. The group assignments (approximately one) and seminars (approximately two) are compulsory.

Absence at compulsory components is compensated with an additional question in the individual final written assignment.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG - (U,G) - (Fail, Pass)
Assessment: The assessment is based partly on at least one group assignment that is presented in speech and writing, and partly on an individual take-home exam at the end of the course. The examiner may deviate from the regular form of examination if it cannot be implemented during a re-examination, and if it complies with the learning outcomes of the course.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


The number of participants is limited to: 10
Selection: Completed university credits within the programme. Priority is given to students enrolled on programmes that include the course in their curriculum.
The course overlaps following course/s: SASH86

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Anna Burstedt,
Teacher: Charlotte Hagström,
Teacher: Håkan Jönsson,
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