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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - MMC6XXX

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Current Status: -
Campus: St Petersburg
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5427 2016-03-22
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Journalism and Media Studies AP
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Casey Peterson 7278734881

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    MMC 6XXX Food Writing

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? N
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Food Writing
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections) 100



    Course Description

    Students study contemporary food writing in blogs, magazines, newspapers and cookbooks that focus on politics to memoir to cooking instructions. Students will also write their own food stories- essays, restaurants reviews, and/or human interest features.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    Course has filled nicely when offered in past semesters. Demand is based on its being a required course in the food writing and photography graduate certificate program.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 2 times

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Ph.D. or at least 20 years' professional experience in the field

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1. Explore the many types of food writing in print and digital forms, from memoir to food journalism, science writing to criticism, personal essay to recipe writing, blogs to cookbooks.

    2. Practice the art of food writing for various forms of publication, including digital. Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve.

    3. Employ critical thinking to analyze and discuss various examples and styles of food writing.

    4. Demonstrate an understanding of history and the role of professionals and institutions in shaping food communications.

    5. Understand the ways that contemporary food writing affects society and can become a historical record of culture.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1. Write several types of food stories that exhibit correct grammar, punctuation and spelling. (Course objectives 1-2.)

    2. Read two books and write essays about them that exhibit critical thinking and an understanding of the different food writing genres. (Course objectives 1, 3-4.)

    3. Explore the digital food writing landscape by proposing a blog, complete with a mission, name and sample entries. (Course objectives 2, 5.)

    4. Produce food stories that show an understanding of journalistic principles, which include fairness, accuracy, objectivity, attribution and balance. (Course objectives 3, 5.)

    5. Contribute to class discussions, displaying a thorough reading and analysis of the work. (Course objectives 1, 3, 5.)

    C. Major Topics

    D. Textbooks

    Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Memoir, Recipes, and More by Dianne Jacob (SECOND EDITION, Da Capo Press)

    Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan (Crown Publishing)

    The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food by Jennifer 8. Lee (Grand Central Publishing)

    Pig Tales: An Omnivore's Quest for Sustainable Meat by Barry Estabrook (W.W. Norton & Company)

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Eric LeMay’s “In Defense of Food Writing: A Reader’s Manifesto;”

    L.V. Anderson’s “Hey Food Writers, Stop Comparing Food to Women”:

    Elissa Altman’s “Craving the Food of Depravity”:

    Deborah Madison’s “The Case for Handwriting,”

    Gary Shteyngart’s “The Sixth Sense,”

    New York Times writer Kim Severson on her memoir:

    Watch New York Times writer Jennifer 8. Lee talk about her search for General Tso and his chicken dish,

    “The Psychology of Cupcakes” by Andrea Andleman, Washington Post,

    “Second Life: What Happens to Old and Expired Supermarket Products” by Nadi Arumugum, The Atlantic,

    Watch New York Times food critics (former and present) dish about their job:

    Laura Reiley’s “At Wimauma, food shines but service irks,”:

    Pete Wells’ “As Seen on TV,”

    Jonathan Kauffman’s “Shark Fin: Understanding the Political Soup”:

    Jill Silva’s “Food Stamp challenge: One week, four people and a tight budget”

    The fascination of food blogs:

    “Are Food Blogs Over?” by Adam Roberts:

    “Remembrances of things past: Our love of Halloween candy” by Janet Keeler,

    “Drew Brees tip flap makes us wonder about takeout gratuities” by Laura Reiley,

    “Apple Pie has No Place at Thanksgiving” By L.V. Anderson,

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    5 Writing exercises (15%)

    3 Book reflections (30%)

    Personal food essay (10%)

    Restaurant review (10%)

    Farmer's market profile (10%)

    Food feature story (15%)

    Class participation (10%)

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    1. Personal food experience essay: 600- to 700-word piece on a memorable food experience. First-person story that can be about something from your childhood or a more recent experience.

    2. Farmers market profile: 700- to 900-word story on a food vendor/farmer at a local outdoor market. This should not be first-person.

    3. Restaurant review: 700-word review on the restaurant of your choice. You should address the food, service, décor and atmosphere. This can be first person or third person.

    4. Food Feature: 800- to 1,000-word story on topic of your choice approved by instructor.

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Turn work in on time. The week’s work is due Sundays at 11 p.m. Late work will be accepted but will not receive higher than a C grade.

    Do your own work. Do not plagiarize. Journalists who do this get fired. All work must be your own. The Department of Journalism and Media Studies, as well at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, has an established policy on plagiarism and the mirrors USF’s institutional policy. It is available at In brief, plagiarism, defined as academic dishonesty, will not be tolerated in this class and the prescribed penalty is an “F” on the individual assignment/exam, with the possibility of failure in the course. The latter may result in expulsion from the department and/or university. Students violating the academic dishonesty policy will go before a faculty committee, which will recommend an action to the instructor the program’s chair.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Food Writing and Photography graduate certificate program, USFSP

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    Food Writing and Photography graduate certificate program

    Journalism and Media Studies M.A. program

    Master's of Liberal Arts M.A. program

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