LPhD119 Food, Medicine and Philosophy in East and West

Ansvarligt institutInstitut for Human Ernæring   50 %
University of Hong Kong, China   20 %
Sun Yat Sen University, Guangzhou, China   10 %
Anna University, Chennai, India   20 %

ForskeruddannelsesprogramFOOD Denmark

Foreign participants do not need to be present at the final examination but can hand in electronically the report and a presentation for evaluation.
Eksterne samarbejdspartnereThe course contains of lectures and field studies in Denmark (Copenhagen) combined with lectures and field studies in EITHER Southern China (Hong Kong, Shenszen) OR Southern India (Chennai).

University of Hong Kong, China
Sun Yat Sen University, Guangzhou, China
Anna University, Chennai, India
Kursusdatoer29 February 2012 to 18 March 2012.
Kursus resuméWhat determines what we eat? Nat. science, culture, philosophy or religion? Is the human body more than a chemical machine? Widely diff. diet and health traditions come closer in a globalized world but understanding other traditions is difficult. Food/health topics relate to nat. science as well as to culture/philosophy/religion. Food/medicine differ between East/West, in mixtures of natural/social/human sciences. This course helps understand the scientific interactions, contrasts and synergies.
Kursus hjemmesidehttp://www.courseinfo.life.ku.dk/Kurser/phd_fmp.as...
KursustilmeldingMarianne Støckel by email to mas@life.ku.dk, Department of Human Nutrition, The Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Rolighedsvej 30, DK-1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark, phone: +45 3533 2191, fax: +45 3532 2483.
Deadline for tilmelding1 January 2012
Pointværdi6 (ECTS)
Rammer for UndervisningThe course consists of a series of lectures in combination with field studies to food markets, hospitals, universities and cultural/religious sites. Each participant makes an investigation into a selected topic related to his/her own field of research.
Begrænset deltagerantal20
Diet and health traditions have become globalized. Regardless, diet and health views differ widely in the world and are not determined alone by food availability, health care and technology. Cultural and philosophical views of nature and the human body continue to be important. What determines what we eat and how we stay healthy? Natural science, culture, philosophy or religion? Is food just fuel for the body machine, or is food similar to medicine? What is a functional food? Can academic food and health science talk with business, culture and religion? Cross-disciplinary communication is required among widely different science fields. This broadening PhD course aims to give PhD students an improved understanding of the scientific, cultural and philosophical background for specific diet habits and health views. We couple field work at several different universities, hospitals, food markets and cultural/religious sites with insights into the basic characteristics of natural, social and human sciences (the 3 main academic domains). Specifically, we will contrast some traditions of the Western world with those in the East (particularly China and India). This makes us aware of both the potentials and the limitations of Western scientific principles and their role in diet and health globalization. The course is highly inter-disciplinary and contains topics from very different disciplines (food science, nutrition, medicine, pharmacology, business, sociology, philosophy, religion). All course participants are expected to contribute to a fruitful cross-talk among the different fields. Each student picks a focus area that supports his/hers own specific PhD program or general learning.
The course consists of two parts at two locations: 1) Lectures and report work at Faculty of Life Sciences (LIFE), University of Copenhagen and 2) lectures and field studies in EITHER Hong Kong/Guangzhou, China OR Chennai, India. A series of preparatory lectures are combined with an independent investigation into a chosen topic, ideally related to the students own PhD program. By the end of the course, each student prepares a written report (4-5 pages, 1,5 line spacing, 12 pt.) that is presented for the entire group of students (Powerpoint, 15 min incl. discussion) and examined by the course coordinators.
The PhD student will get new insight into widely different diet and health traditions, and their related research fields, in East and West. The course supports the trend towards increasing international and cross-disciplinary research in the food and health field. By exposing the PhD student to food/health science from widely different scientific/cultural/religious perspectives, the course will help the student to know the potentials and limitations of his/hers own research.
Reading material will be available from the course website during the course. Material from previous courses are available at the LMC website.
Per Torp Sangild, psa@life.ku.dk, Institut for Human Ernæring/Klinisk og eksperimentel ernæring, Tlf: 353-32698
Andre forlæsere
More than 20 guest lecturers (mostly full professors from different universities in Denmark, China and India) support the course by presenting topics from different science fields. Ask for the course program to see specifics.
2,800 DKK for students not part of the European open market for PhD courses. No direct course fee (lectures and materials) for other students (except travel and accommodation fee, see below)
Kursus omkostninger
Separate expenses for the field work in China or India are to be covered by each student. These are approximately 18,000 DKK (flight, accommodation, food, local travel, guide costs). All participants have to cover costs of accommodation in Copenhagen by themselves. The course secretariat will assist in applying for support if required.
Written report on a self-chosen topic coupled with an oral presentation and examination at the end of the course. Foreign participants do not need to be present at the examination at the end of the course, but can hand in electronically the report and a presentation for evaluation.