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Food Matters (BRD201)

Organisational Unit College of Arts, Business, Law and Social Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description The need to eat determines where, how and why we live. Further, we all share a global responsibility for the sustainable provision of food and the consequences of our food choices. With an overarching global perspective, this unit will explore food production and consumption in the context of history, economics, sociology, ethics, science and technology, and how each of these disciplines influence food attitudes and practices.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the:
1. social, economic and environmental factors underpinning food production and consumption;
2. influence of globalisation, media, commerce, technology and culture on food choices;
3. issue of global food security and social justice and our responsibilities regarding sustainable and ethical food choice.

You will also have gained practical skills to demonstrate:
4. a capacity to be a self-directed learner and thinker and to study and work independently;
5. tolerance and mutual respect in team discussions (online and in tutorials);
6. an ability to research, summarise, critically analyse, apply and synthesise knowledge to address problems or issues from different perspectives;
7. communication of ideas through written and oral presentations.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1 hour every week.
Unit Learning Experiences The primary function of this unit is to compare, contrast and critically evaluate diverse perspectives on food issues. Lectures will provide the stimulus for critical thinking, with tutorials and online discussions devoted to further analysis of lecture materials with an aim to unpack and explore topics in greater detail. Tutorial exercises are designed to allow students to work in teams to consider different approaches and to reflect on areas of tolerance/bias and personal worldviews. The assessment items expect students to research the literature and read widely to develop their understanding of the topic and to be able to summarise, critically analyse and communicate this information in their tutorials and written assessments.
Assessment Annotated Bibliography (1500 words) - 25%
Oral Presentation (presentation plus submission of slides or abstract of 500-1000 words) - 20%
Essay (2000 words) - 40%
Tutorial Participation (External students are required to engage in online discussion rather than tutorial) - 15%
Prerequisites Nil.
Notes This is a University-Wide Breadth Unit, if this unit is undertaken as part of the Sociology major it may not also be counted towards the breadth unit requirement.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Sociology (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors Sociology
Appears in these Minors Sociology
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Barbara Evers
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7356
e: b.evers@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.053A - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Barbara Evers
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7356
e: b.evers@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.053A - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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