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HSN309 - Food Policy and Regulation

Unit details

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Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Julie Woods


HSN101 or HSN102



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour class per week, 8 x 1 hour seminars per trimester


This unit is designed to provide students with an understanding of how food policy and regulation affects the different components of the food system, including food production, processing, marketing, consumption and nutritional health. Food policy is critically important for public health due to its role in food security and sustainability, healthy eating and obesity prevention. The unit also examines food regulation. Food regulation is used by governments to protect the public against potential risks associated with developments in the food system and is also a particularly powerful policy tool for promoting public health benefits by determining the composition and labelling of food products. Case studies including food fortification and food labelling, food security and sustainability and obesity prevention will be reviewed.


Assessment task 1: Four cloud (online) quizzes and reflection 20%

Assessment task 2: Written assignment (2000 words) 50%

Assessment task 3: Examination (1.5 hours) 30%

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