Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

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.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAdrienne Forsyth

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed 120 credit points at any level.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA sociology of food and nutrition: the social appetite.PrescribedGermov, J and Williams, L. (Ed), 20083RD EDITION, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, AUSTRALIA, MELBOURNE
ReadingsFood and Nutrition: Food and health systems in Australia and New ZealandPrescribedWahlqvist, M. (Ed), 20113RD EDITION, ALLEN AND UNWIN, AUSTRALIA, CROWS NEST, NSW
ReadingsFood and Culture.RecommendedKittler, PG, Sucher, KP and Nelms, M. 20126TH EDITION, WADSWORTH CENGAGE LEARNING, BELMONT, CALIFORNIA.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2014, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAdrienne Forsyth

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours scheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementComments%
One 3-minute audio-visual presentation (equal to 1000 words)30
One individual written assignment (equal to 1000 words)25
One individual written assignment (equal to 1500 words)45