The Sociology of Food

Course code SOCA3350Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Aims to provide students with a sociological understanding of the social context of food and nutrition. Students examine the production, distribution and consumption of food to understand 'why we eat the way we do'. Topics include: the causes of world hunger; the rise in popularity of vegetarianism; the environmental consequences of food production and consumption practices; debates over the genetic modification of food; the links between gender and food; the influence of social class and culture on food habits.

Available in 2015

On-Line from CallaghanSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1.Demonstrate an understanding of theories, research methods and debates in food sociology
2.Be familiar with the process of critical appraisal of relevant literature
3.Critically analyse and discuss a refereed journal article in written and oral form relevant to food sociology
4.Construct an evidence table on a specific topic relevant to food sociology
5.Communicate understanding of theories and debates in food sociology in essay form.
Content1. An overview of sociological approaches to studying food and nutrition.
2. The ethics and politics of food production and consumption, in terms of world hunger, the environment, and vegetarianism.
3. The links between food and the body, especially the social construction of obesity and thinness, and the links between gender and food.
4. Critiques of the social consequences of genetically modified food.
5. Food policy and issues of food regulation.
6. The role of class and culture in food consumption.
Replacing Course(s)SOCA2320 Sociology of Food
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed SOCA2320 are not eligible to enrol
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge40 units of study at1000 level.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsMajor Essay (50%) 2,000-2,500 words.
The essay serves to develop students' research, writing and critical analysis skills in which they will need to demonstrate their ability to critically engage with the essay question, synthesize and analyse a range of academic material, and construct a logical and theoretically informed argument. The essay address course objectives 1,2, and 5.
Presentations - Tutorial(20%)This task includes a 10 minute powerpoint presentation and written paper that aims to critically appraise a nominated refereed journal article. The presentation aims to introduce empirical, theoretical and methodological issues relevant to food sociology to facilitate class discussion. Presentations are scheduled throughout the semester. A written version of the Tutorial Presentation in essay format will be submitted online on the day of the presentation. The paper will include a summary of the presentation and a two page evidence table of the relevant wider literature. This assessment task addresses course objectives 2, 3, and 4.
Quiz - ClassMultiple-choice Test No. 2 (15%)
This test will be of one hour duration and will cover material presented in the second half of the course. It will take place at the end of semester online. The test addresses course objective 1.
Quiz - ClassMultiple-choice test No. 1 (15%)
This test will be of one hour duration and will cover the first six weeks of the course. It will take place mid-semester. The tests are designed to consolidate student learning by encouraging the early and continuous revision of material covered in lectures, readings and tutorials. The test addresses course objective 1.
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Email Discussion Group: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SOCA3350