752-6450-00L  Food, Microbiota and Immunity: Debating the Evidence

SemesterSpring Semester 2019
LecturersE. Wetter Slack, M. Arnoldini, D. Latorre
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 20.


AbstractIn this course, students will learn the basic skills required to find, analyze and evaluate the scientific evidence behind common health claims linking food, the intestinal microbiota and immune system function (e.g. Increased hygiene and allergic diseases).
ObjectiveThe overall objective if this course is that students will be able to create a persuasive evidence-based critique of health-claims linking food, the microbiota and immunity. This is broken down into the following learning objectives:
[LO1] Find, critically interpret, evaluate and discuss primary literature
[LO2] Recognize situations where scientific integrity is compromised, both in scientific practice and scientific communication, and develop a framework for responding.
[LO3] Effectively communicate scientific evidence to a lay audience.
[LO4] Develop a nuanced and critical understanding of the interaction between diet, the microbiota and the immune system.
ContentSemester week 1-4
Lectures and active learning sequences. Students learn the skills required to actively and responsibly participate in scientific debates
week 5-14
Two-week programme of topic preparation (week A) and student-led debates (week B). One-on-one tutorials for the presenting students are offered in the week preceding their presentation.
LiteratureTo be provided for each debating topic, 2 weeks prior to the debate
Prerequisites / NoticeStudents should have a knowledge level at least equivalent to completing Immunology I and Microbiology/ "Lebensmittel-Mikrobiologie I".