NUT405 Food Systems, People and Health (8)

This subject aims to provide an in depth interdisciplinary analysis of food systems and health, and asks the question 'is it possible to achieve food systems that are equitable, nutritious, ethical and environmentally sustainable?'. This subject will examine the issues and the research across this complex area from global, national and local perspectives. Within this framework the subject will also examine public health issues, research and policy, with a focus on food and food systems.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: NUT405. 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 use a range of literature sources to provide an interdisciplinary and in depth analysis of food systems;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role of the food systems in issues of over-nutrition and under-nutrition;
  • be able to develop strategies to positively influence the political, social and commercial environment regarding factors affecting food consumption and food supply; and
  • be able to critically evaluate the role of food and food systems within the public health arena.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Opportunities and challenges facing the food system
  • Emerging trends in food production and consumption, the drivers of the trends and implications for the environment and society
  • Economic and political issues around food systems and public health
  • Obesity and chronic disease
  • Food insufficiency and insecurity
  • Advocacy

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of NUT405 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Annotated bibliography
Multi media presentation

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.