LLEK10297U The Sociology of Food Consumption
MSc Programme in Human Nutrition
MSc Programme in Clinical Nutrition
MSc Programme in Food Innovation and Health
MSc Programme in Food Science and Technology
Focus is on basic sociological thinking and the sociology of
food consumption. Themes covered are: Food culture and eating
habits, meal structures and meal patterns; food production in the
household and its socio-cultural meanings, the importance of food
and meals in everyday life, social and cultural influences on food
preferences, food acceptability and habits, the role of health
concerns in ordinary eating habits, etc.
Focus will also be on social science research designs and methods, including both quantitative and qualitative methods. A central element in the course is a project where the students (working in groups) select and define a topic, formulate problem and prepare a study design and implement a small data collection for an empirical study within the field of sociology of food.
The students gain insight in a) social and cultural aspects of
the meaning and significance of food in people's everyday lives
and in b) standard social science methods used within the sociology
Assessing food and nutritional related issues in a social and
Course compendium with sociological articles (for sale in Academic Books,SCIENCE)
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 20 minIndividual oral exam first focusing on the project report and secondly on a question related to the curriculum drawn by the student. The grade is only based on the oral exam.
- Exam registration requirements
submission of a group project report.
- Written aids allowed
Notes for small oral presentation are allowed.
Written project report must be brought to the exam.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Same as ordinary exam.
If the student has not handed in the group project report, the student should hand in the project report individually instead of in a group, two weeks prior to the re-exam. It must be approved before the exam.
Criteria for exam assesment
See aims of course = Learning Outcome
- Theory exercises
- Project work