Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Provides a sociological and ecological outlook of the food system in examining the what, the why and how we eat. It examines the interconnections between food production, its consumption and food sustainability, through sociocultural, economic, technological and environmental perspectives. A range of issues related to the current food system, its potential to impact human health, and the future of food are critically explored. 

Unit content

What's on the Menu

  • Why study food ecology through a ‘food systems’ landscape?
  • What, why and how we eat: Historical influences
  • What, why and how we eat: Sociological influences
  • The food system: Introduction and contemporary challenges
  • From paddock to plate and beyond: The business of food
  • The future of food: Alternative solutions to contemporary mainstream practices
  • Industrialisation of food: Transformations of the food supply
  • Industrialisation of food: Transition to a third food regime
  • The food system and its influence on consumption and human and environmental health
  • How to conduct a literature search and be a critical reader

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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