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Sociology of Food: factors that impact our choices

You are what you eat, right? But how are our food choices influenced by the society and culture that we live in? In this CPE/CPD course, explore the social determinants of health and the different factors that impact our food choices. Learn how to encourage behavioural change when it comes to our diet.

  • 35+ hours of content
  • 18 months of access to material
  • 100% delivered online
  • 0 prerequisites

What you'll take away from this course

An understanding of sociology
Knowledge of the factors affecting food choices
Insight into food and nutrition issues
Strategies to manage dietary change
Up to 35 CPE/CPD points

In this course, define sociology and identify the social determinants of health. Examine the social and cultural factors that impact our food choices. Explore different cultural perspectives on food and nutrition. Consider contemporary food habits, family dynamics, globalisation, an ageing population and the politics of food. Learn strategies to modify dietary behaviour in individuals and groups to improve their health.

Continuing education

Completing this course can contribute to your continuing professional development with the below organisation(s).

Topics Covered

  • The study of sociology
    • Identify the social and cultural factors impacting on individual dietary and food choices.
  • Food choice
    • Explain the relationship between people and food in local and
      international contexts through multiple sociological lenses.
  • Cultural exploration
    • Compare different cultures’ concepts of nutrition and food considering social, economic and environmental factors.
  • Change management
    • Evaluate strategies for modifying dietary behaviour in groups and individuals based on their unique cultural factors.
  • Indigenous Australians
    • Explore dietary Influences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • The modern diet
    • Explore contemporary food habits of Australians and the family dynamics that influence choice.
  • Nutrition and chronic disease
    • Understand how chronic disease can affect food choice.
  • Final submission
    • Video or written report identifying a cultural identity and key
      influences in the food decision making.

Whether you are upskilling, cross-skilling, re-skilling or simply curious about the sociology of food, this advanced course will equip you with the knowledge to expand your career possibilities.

Dive into our rich array of online resources, including videos, podcasts and interactive quizzes, to explore the social and cultural factors that impact our food choices.

Using our intuitive, industry-leading learning platform, you have the flexibility to study entirely online, in your own time and at your pace. You will complete project work and comprehensive assessments to gain CPE/CPD points.

Your learning is supported by an interactive Learning Journal, which you will download and use throughout the course to record your progress. Remember, if you need it, learning support is one click away.

This short course is academically rigorous. It is designed and supported by leading experts in the field and academics who understand the needs of busy professionals. You will receive direct feedback from them on your individual course assessments.

Each course draws on content from Endeavour College of Natural Health’s degrees and is backed by its higher education credentials.

Continuing Professional Education

By successfully completing the assessment tasks in this course, you will gain up to 35 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) points. You can use CPE points towards your membership of professional bodies and to show you’re actively investing in life-long learning.

Credly Badge

Completing this course rewards you with the following credly badge, which you can share on your socials!

Awardees have developed an understanding of sociology and formed knowledge of the factors affecting food choices. They have gained insight into food and nutrition issues, creating awareness of different cultural identities. Awardees have also been introduced to strategies to manage dietary change.

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“The nutrition course was all about circling back to the science. It wasn’t fluffy. It was full of excellent case studies and amazing resources.”

-Nikki Auckland