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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

Start dates

  • 29 May 2023
  • 27 Nov 2023

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About this subject

    1. Critically evaluate the history and future of food, both from a worldwide and Australian perspective.
    2. Assess basic food consumption patterns in Australia against trends in other countries.
    3. Analyse the impact of sociological factors on the food choices of individuals, groups, communities and populations.
    4. Determine the impact to food intake of changes to food habits and trends in food and diet.
    5. Assess the influences of food policy, food technology, ecology and agriculture on Australian and worldwide food systems.
    6. Communicate the impact of sociological factors on food choices to lay audiences.

Entry requirements

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


Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed DTN2FSO (Food and Societies), or DTN3FSO (Food and Societies), or DTN3001 (Food and Societies) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.

Additional requirements

  • 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 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.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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Student feedback

13 student respondents between: 28 Nov 2022 - 15 Sept 2023.

84%of students felt the study load was manageable

84%of students felt this subject helped them gain relevant skills

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees

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Bachelor of Food and Nutrition