As the world population becomes predominantly urban dwellers we have a wide variety of culinary traditions available to us, in the restaurants and in the shops. These culinary traditions have origins in specific relationships between people and land through the production of sustenance; food. As delicious as the food may be, our urbanity has separated us from both the traditions and the lands where these foods have their roots. This course will take us to diverse lands, the hills of Central Europe, the Danube River, Alpine lakes, Adriatic coast, the Po River valley, Italian Alps and Bavaria where we will explore various food traditions and study the key ingredients of the relationship between landscape and culture; to ‘taste the land’.
Landscapes are highly valued for their visual character. A primary factor in the shaping and patina of landscape arises from the grown of sustenance in the land. Each native land offers specific opportunities to support the bounty of food inhabitants need to survive. This relationship we have with the land and the bounty it provides directly influences local cultural traditions. As the world continues to globalize many of these traditions are experiencing a paradigm shift; we can enjoy bananas from the tropics in the depth of winter.
This course is a tangible (and tasty) in-depth exploration of the relationship between land, culture and food (and beverage). The course is designed to explore vestiges of traditions, the landscapes they have shaped and factors of change in the landscape.
Who the course is for?
We are interested in bringing together a group of students with diverse backgrounds and a shared interest in the landscape canvas of culture. Students are welcome from any discipline including architecture, landscape architecture, cultural geography, landscape ecology, tourism, sociology, anthropology and art.
Learning Objectives & Outcomes
As this course is intended to be multi-disciplinary the learning outcomes are intentionally broad. More specific outcomes will be developed based on your area of study and interests.
- First-hand experience in the relationships between culture, landscape and food systems in a foreign context.
- Investigate and explore a wide variety of European landscapes that have been rendered through the interactions between cultural traditions, environmental conditions and land development factors.
- Teamwork in a multi-disciplinary on site research initiative.
- Discuss the ethics of globalized food systems.
- Preparation of final documentation suitable for publication.
Generally, the course will be conducted ‘on the road’ while travelling through a wide variety of European landscapes, visiting various study locations where the relationship between culture, landscape and food will be explored. The course is comprised of assigned tasks and a final report that will be assembled during the progress of the course.
Students successfully completing the course will be eligible to receive 4 ECTS from either the Czech University of Life Sciences or the Architectural Institute in Prague (ARCHIP). A final certificate will be provided by the selected institution with the successful conclusion of the course.
The course is open to students of a wide variety of disciplines. Generally, students must be enrolled full time in a university or college program leading to a bachelor, masters or PhD degree. Students shall have successfully completed at least three years of study.
The first selection will be made primarily based on your statement of interest and good standing at your home institution. Space is limited for this course in order to maintain high educational value; therefore, the final selection will be based on the sequence of submitting a complete final application and payment of the deposit.
Depending on your country of origin there are various visa requirements for your stay. For many countries, it is possible to visit all of the countries with simply the entry stamp when you arrive as a tourist. This typically is for a 90 day period of time. We highly recommend that you review visa requirements for your country. Please note that Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Italy and Germany are all part of the Schengen. The websites below may offer you some valuable information on visa requirements for your home country.
The course language is English. Al of the instruction will be in English and all of your work will be prepared in English. If you speak Czech, German, Slovenian, Croatian or Italian this will be a great opportunity for you to both apply and learn a language. When possible we will have assistance with local language speakers who can translate into English.
The course fee must be paid according to the important dates schedule. All fees will be sent by wire transfer to an account at ARCHIP. More specific instructions on payment will be provided after the receipt of a complete application.
What is included
- All instruction
- Guest speakers
- 4 ECTS credits from selected institution (CULS or ARCHIP)
- Accommodation for all night during the course
- Ground transportation throughout the trip
- Unlimited city travel during the stay in Prague
What is not included
- Visas for EU and Schengen Countries.
- Health insurance & Travel Insurance. Proof of health insurance is required.
- Lunch and dinner except for planned meals as part of the course.
If you have any questions regarding cost, please feel free to contact us.