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HSN308 - Food, Nutrition and Society


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Andrew Costanzo




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

5 x 0.5 hour online recorded classes per trimester and 5 x 1 hour cloud (online) seminars per trimester


This unit aims to provide an understanding of the social context of food behaviour and its relevance to nutrition education. Topics covered in the unit are: introduction to the history of food, consideration of the variety of social influences on food behaviours (including beliefs, religion, culture, gender, age, body image, media and marketing, and the food environment); and practical applications for understanding and changing eating behaviours.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Explain and critique historical and modern influences on the current food supply.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Explain and critique a variety of historical and modern influences on current food-related behaviours.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Apply knowledge of influences on food behaviours to practical settings and activities relevant to student careers.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1: Assignment plus infographic

1,000 words 40%
  • Week 6

Assessment 2: Assignment

2,000 words 50%
  • Week11

Assessment 3: Cloud (online) multiple choice tests

2 tests

5% each
Total 10%

  • Weeks 5 and 9

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: HSN308 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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