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 include online lectures, online activities and face-to-face workshops.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicholas Smith

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesWorkshop discussions, online quizzes and major essay

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 60 credit points of level one subjects


Incompatible subjectsANT3EAT

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply an anthropological perspective to local and global issues
02. Apply ethical and cultural awareness to issues in Anthropology
03. Evaluate diverse positions/arguments regarding a relevant topic in Anthropology
04. Produce a well researched response to a relevant topic in Anthropology

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicholas Smith

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 2,500-word major essay

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO6

Two online quizzes (1,500 word equivalent)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3