Society, Food Habits and Consumption - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment - 2 x infographics (20%) , Essay - 600 word debate (10%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 1,169.00
HECS 1,169.00

Please note: this unit was previously known as Food and Societies.

In this subject you will develop an informed and critical understanding of the personal, social, cultural, environmental, economic and political factors influencing food, food use and food habits for individuals, communities and populations. Through readings and media, discussion and assignments, we will look at cuisines from other cultures and the effects of multiculturalism on Australian culinary culture. You will develop an understanding of how the role of food has changed from ancient times to present day, and be introduced to monitoring and surveillance data used to understand factors influencing patterns and trends in food consumption worldwide. You will also be introduced to food labelling and how food policy, food technologies, ecology and agriculture influence the food system. Your learning in this subject will be assessed through written works and a multi media presentation.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. review and analyse the history and future of food, both from a worldwide and Australian perspective
  2. evaluate basic food consumption patterns in Australia against trends in other countries
  3. consolidate and synthesise the impact of how sociological factors, such as culture, religion, socio-economic status, media and marketing affect food choice in individuals, groups, communities and populations
  4. critically analyse how changes to food habits and trends in food and diet affect food intake
  5. review and analyse the influences of food labelling regulations and food policy, food technology, ecology and agriculture on Australian and worldwide food systems.
  • Assignment — 2 x infographics (20%)
  • Essay — 600 word debate (10%)
  • Group Project — 2 x group infographics (20%)
  • Presentation — 5 min audiovisual presentation (30%)
  • Report — 1000 word report (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 3 units normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, eg from studying related Level 1 and 2 units or other relevant experience.

  • Other special requirement — This subject is offered via Open Universities Australia. La Trobe University students can undertake this subject as part of a cross institutional enrolment under certain circumstances, and must seek approval from the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Course Coordinator for eligibility. Due to the nature of the subject content and online delivery, enrolments are generally not permitted past the published OUA enrolment date for the study period.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1History and future of food
2Sociological factors affecting food choice
3Food security
4Food consumption
5Food production and technology
6Food regulations and marketing

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Study Guide

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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