Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will examine a range of anthropological approaches to food and eating. While it is a biological imperative that humans need to eat to survive, food is grown, eaten and prepared in a variety of ways according to cultural preferences. The study of food and eating is a lens through which to examine some of the long-standing interests of anthropologists including: modes of subsistence, taboos, cannibalism, religious dietary prohibitions, and ritual feasting and fasting as well as issues such as class, ethnicity, gender, globalisation, migration, consumption and identity. Teaching will be in a 3 hour workshop format which will include lectures, discussion, short activities and team work. Assessment will be organised around the preparation of a major essay in a selected area of the anthropology of food.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicholas Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicholas Smith

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
one 2,500-word major essay60
one 350-word food journal10
one 350-word group based oral presentation10
two quizzes(800 word equivalent)20