Undergraduate | LTU-DTN302 | 2023
Society, Food Habits and Consumption
Unwrap the rich relationship people have with food and what influences food use, choice and preferences. Learn how the role of food has transformed in society. Understand why people are impacted by trends, and need to know where their food comes from.
- Study method
- 100% online
- 100% online
- Entry requirements
- Part of a degree
- 13 weeks
- 29 May 2023,
- 27 Nov 2023
HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available
About this subject
- Critically evaluate the history and future of food, both from a worldwide and Australian perspective.
- Assess basic food consumption patterns in Australia against trends in other countries.
- Analyse the impact of sociological factors on the food choices of individuals, groups, communities and populations.
- Determine the impact to food intake of changes to food habits and trends in food and diet.
- Assess the influences of food policy, food technology, ecology and agriculture on Australian and worldwide food systems.
- Communicate the impact of sociological factors on food choices to lay audiences.
- • History and future of food.
- • Sociological factors affecting food choice.
- • Food security.
- • Food consumption.
- • Food production and technology.
- • Food regulations and marketing.
In this subject you will develop an informed understanding of the many factors influencing food, food use and food habits for individuals, communities and populations. These will include personal, social, cultural, environmental, economic and political factors. Through readings and media, discussion and assignments, you will review cuisines from a variety of cultures and the effects of multiculturalism on Australian culinary culture. An understanding of how the role of food has changed from ancient times to present day will be developed, and you will be introduced to monitoring and surveillance data used to understand factors influencing patterns and trends in food consumption worldwide.
Please note: This subject was previously known as Food and Societies.
- One infographic (1500 word equivalent) - translating information into an infographic form. (35%)
- One 1600 word individual assessment task - influences on culinary culture in Australia. (40%)
- One 1000 word individual written report on changes in food habits in your family. (25%)
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Part of a degree
To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
- LAT-HUN-DEG-2023 - Bachelor of Food and Nutrition
- Other requirements - This subject is available through Open Universities Australia (OUA) and the course is restricted for enrolment. Single subject enrolments for restricted subjects are not available at OUA, please see https://www.latrobe.edu.au/study/apply/pathways/single-subject-entry for further information. Students who successfully complete two from the four open enrolment subjects (HBS101, DTN101, CHM101, PHE102) may apply under the Academic Eligibility category for admission to the restricted Bachelor of Food and Nutrition. You must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition to be eligible to enrol in all other non-open access subjects offered in the degree. A good internet connection is required due to the online delivery.
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.
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Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees