Southern Europe: Society and Culture


World Cultures Europe Southern Europe: Society and Culture
Students are introduced to the connection between culture, history, and physical elements of life such as food. Then they explore the distinctions of Mediterranean cuisine. Next, students research and report on a food tradition or celebration of Greece, Italy, or Spain. Finally, they research a Southern European restaurant in their own community and evaluate it based on what they have learned.

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Overview

In this experience, students are introduced to the connection between culture, history, and physical elements of life such as food. Then they explore the distinctions of Mediterranean cuisine. Next, students research and report on a food tradition or celebration of Greece, Italy, or Spain. Finally, they research a Southern European restaurant in their own community and evaluate it based on what they have learned.

Objectives:

  • Describe the history and features of Mediterranean food in Southern Europe.
  • Explain the cultural influence of Mediterranean food in Southern Europe.
  • Compare and contrast elements of Mediterranean food throughout Southern Europe and other places.


If you had to describe the food that most reflects who you and your family are, what would you choose? You make the connection between that particular food and your family because food is so much more than food—it is part of our history and our culture. In this experience, you will learn about the food culture of Southern Europe.

Objectives:

  • Describe the history and features of Mediterranean food in Southern Europe.
  • Explain the cultural influence of Mediterranean food in Southern Europe.
  • Compare and contrast elements of Mediterranean food throughout Southern Europe and other places.




La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain


Read the following quote:


Culture and history plunge directly into things, into stones, into wrinkles on human faces, in the taste of wine and oil, into the colour of waves.

–Claudio Magris, Italian Author


What do you think the author means that culture and history “plunge into things”?

Post your answer

As a class, discuss your ideas. In what ways do you think culture and history “plunge into things” in your own culture? How do they connect to physical things and habits?


Guide students to discuss the way that culture and history connect people to their past and present.


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