Josephus G Norman
H A&S 398
Special courses drawn from interdisciplinary groups in the humanities. Content varies.
Title: COFFEE AND THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE
This junior-senior seminar explores the history, economics, science, and art of coffee, the world’s #2 commodity (after oil). Coffee is an important link between the tropical third world, where it is grown, and the temperate first world, where it is mainly consumed.
A highlight will be visits with large and small Seattle coffee roasters to understand their policies and operations. Guest lecturers will include Seattle scientists who are working with Nicaraguan coffee farmers to improve their product and incomes. We will also indulge in some comparative coffee tasting.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures by instructor and guests; Student presentations; Site visits to coffee roasters; Comparative coffee tasting.
Junior or senior standing in University Honors program.
Class assignments and grading
Reading of entire text: "The Coffee Book: Anatomy of an Industry from Crop to the Last Drop," Revised and Updated Edition, by Gregory Dicum and Nina Luttinger, New Press, published in 2006; Reserve list of readings and individually-directed library research; One 15-minute and one 8-minute class presentation; Active participation in all seminar sessions and field trips; 3-page final paper.
CR/NC grades will be given based on the quality of: (a) class presentations; (b) questions students ask during visits with coffee roasters and merchants; (c) 3-page final paper.