Physiology of Taste and Flavor Experiential Learning

Florence University of the Arts - The American University of Florence

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Physiology of Taste and Flavor Experiential Learning

  • Host University

    Florence University of the Arts - The American University of Florence

  • Location

    Florence, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Culinary Arts, Nutrition and Food Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course explores and examines the physiology of sensory organs and how we perceive flavors. From the simplicity of identifying the basic tastes to the complexity of aftertastes and aromas, the objective of this course is to train taste buds to better understand the mechanics of our senses as they interact with food. Why do we react positively to sweet taste? Why do we sometimes refuse bitter taste? Does umami really exist? The course will answer these and many other related questions in order define the tools to exmaine flavors that are not generally accepted but require a deeper understanding for appreciation.
    This course includes experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI).CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learningby doingthrough real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural andlearning barriersas well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track studentsstep by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit froman all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises,learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.

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