Subject details

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

  • review and analyse the history and future of food, both from a worldwide and Australian perspective;
  • evaluate basic food consumption patterns in Australia against trends in other countries;
  • 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;
  • critically analyse how changes to food habits and trends in food and diet affect food intake;
  • review and analyse the influences of food labelling regulations and food policy, food technology, ecology and agriculture on Australian and worldwide food systems.
    • History and future of food
    • Sociological factors affecting food choice
    • Food security
    • Food consumption
    • Food production and technology
    • Food regulations and marketing
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

      • Study guide
    • Online materials

      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links
      • Audio-Video streaming

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

  • LAT-HUN-DEG-2019

Special requirements

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    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.

Please note: this subject 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 multimedia presentation.

  • 2 x infographics (20%)
  • 600 word debate (10%)
  • 5 min audiovisual presentation (30%)
  • 2 x group infographics (20%)
  • 1000 word report (20%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

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