Faculty of Arts


Consuming Interests: The Sociology of Food

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for SOCIOL 323.


Issues around food consumption are extensively debated in everyday society. In this course we investigate, analyse and theorise the social roles of food in Western societies. We consider the meanings of food for individuals, families, households and society; as a site for moral debate; globalisation and nationalism; negotiation and access; food distress; and food media and the messages it promotes.


  • To provide an overview of sociological approaches to issues concerning food consumption
  • To develop critical awareness of taken-for-granted everyday issues surrounding food negotiation and consumption
  • To consider some research methodologies used in the study of food

To achieve the course objectives you will need to:

  • Attend the three scheduled weekly lecture /tutorial sessions
  • Read, understand and contribute to class discussions on the assigned readings
  • Complete and submit the assignment on time
  • Sit and pass the test and the final examination

View the course syllabus

Availability 2018

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Dr Claudia Bell


A course reader will be made available if required.


Coursework + exam


SOCIOL 323: 15.0 points


30 points at Stage II in Sociology

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