Unit description

Strengthens students' understanding of how "food" in a symbolic sense is used to communicate ideas, values, points of view, tastes, and opinions. It is designed to encourage students to express ideas, opinions and evaluations relating to food and drink, with particular emphasis on writing in a professional context. Food and drink as a means of communication will be explored through literature, art, film and television.

Unit content

Topic 1 Meanings of food and drink
Topic 2 The language of food and drink
Topic 3 Restaurants and reviews
Topic 4 Food and drink in literature
Topic 5 Food and drink in art
Topic 6 Food and drink in film and television

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 3

  • There are various editions of the book available. The latest editions include writing for a web-based audience: Jacob, D, 2010, Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir and More, 2nd edn, Da Capo Lifelong Books.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)

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Fee information


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