Food Sociology: Understanding the Social Appetite

Course code SOCA6680Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course provides students with a sociological understanding of the social context of food and
nutrition and the social determinants of food habits. Students examine social trends in the
production, distribution and consumption of food to understand 'why we eat the way we do'.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
ObjectivesBy the completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.Apply sociological theory to the study of food and nutrition
2.Describe the social context of eating within communities, organisations and policy arenas
3.Critically analyse the structure and dynamics of the food system including food production, distribution and consumption
4.Evaluate the social determinants of food habits and health-related behaviour.
ContentTopics covered in the course include: globalisation and food insecurity; debates over the
genetic modification of food; the social construction of obesity, body ideals and eating
disorders; gendered eating; class and food habits; McDonaldisation of the food supply; the
politics of agribusiness; the medicalisation of food and the functional food-health claims
debate; multiculturalism and food; indigenous food and social nutrition; vegetarianism and
meat eating; and the environmental consequences of food production and consumption.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeAn undergraduate degree with a major in social science or other related discipline.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsJournal article reviews (2 x 1000 words): 50% - due week 4 and week 8
(Assesses course objectives 2,3, & 4)
Essays / Written AssignmentsMajor essay (3000 words): 50% - due week 13 (Assesses course objectives 1,3 & 4)
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term