HSN309 - Food Policy and Regulation

Unit details


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 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Jessica Kempler




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 - campus:

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.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this Unit successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Explain what food policy and regulation are and why they are important

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Explain the role of food regulation both in protecting public health and safety in the setting of food standards and in promoting public health as a policy instrument

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship


Analyse food products for compliance with the food standards code

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management


Prepare a written submission relating to a topical food regulation issue

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Discuss and critique advantages and disadvantages of a range of policy approaches to food and nutrition related problems, as part of the development of a Policy Brief.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management



Trimester 1:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1: Cloud (online) quizzes and reflection

4 quizzes 20%
  • Weeks 8, 9, 10 and 11

Assessment 2: Written assignment

2000 words 50%
  • Week 6 and Week 11

Assessment 3: Written assignment

1500 words 30%
  • Week 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: HSN309 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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