NUT201 Food and Health (8)

This subject describes personal, social, cultural, psychological, environmental, economic, and political factors influencing food and food use, food habits, diet and lifestyle. It provides students with the skills and ability to analyse the issues affecting food and eating within society including food consumption trends, factors influencing attitudes to food and health, food supply, food policy, and ecological issues associated with food production and consumption. Students will undertake an observational visit for this subject.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: NUT201. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to develop skills in identifying evidence based literature relevant to food and nutrition issues;
  • be able to describe the social and cultural factors that impact individual food choice throughout the life cycle;
  • be able to describe the historical and future of food use nationally and internationally, and food consumption trends;
  • be able to describe the methods of food and nutritional monitoring, food systems and nutrition policy;
  • be able to investigate the influence of food policy, food marketing, food technology and ecological issues on the food supply system;
  • be able to discuss what is meant by cultural awareness in relation to food and nutrition issues with respect to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Personal, social, cultural, psychological, environmental, economic and political factors influencing food and food use, food habits, diet and lifestyle.
  • Environmental and psychosocial influences on lifestyle through the life cycle.
  • Factors affecting attitudes to food and health.
  • Factors that influence food choices in individuals and groups eg. culture, religion, socioeconomic status.
  • The history of food and nutrition in Australia including food consumption trends in Australia and comparison with other countries.
  • Eating patterns including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and CALD communities and the impact on morbidity and mortality.
  • Food and nutrition monitoring.
  • Ecological issues associated with food supply.
  • Food policy development and the impact on food supply and consumption.
  • Changes in food technology affecting food supply.
  • Influence of food marketing on food distribution and consumption.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.