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Sociology of Nutrition

Code: 175392
ECTS: 4.0
Lecturers in charge: izv. prof. dr. sc. Vlaho Kovačević
Lecturers: Krunoslav Malenica - Seminar
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1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Seminar 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
During the course, it is emphasized that the sociology of nutrition arose, on the one hand, in a close connection with the research of social anthropologists and historians, and on the other hand, in the cooperation of sociologists with nutritionists or by implementing the knowledge on nutrition, where there is direct interference with issues related to health, social welfare, and state governance. The course provides students with the knowledge of the sociological aspect of the phenomenon of nutrition for critical and creative reflection on the complex relationship between nutrition and modern society, allowing students to think critically about food and eating habits in everyday life. Special attention will be paid to the theoretical sociological conceptualization of food and nutrition, social and cultural significance of food and its consumption in the construction of self-identity and its central place in social interaction, social power, class determinations, culinary cultures, gender, age, nutrition problems, which often promote certain economic and political interests and question the connection between food and emotions in mass culture, as well as the possibility of bias concerning eating habits in everyday life. Based on the above mentioned, the course pays special attention to the development of an adequate modern theoretical and conceptual framework (methodological design) from which students prepare to develop research tools and start operationalizing an empirical study of the sociology of nutrition, its factors, and various consequences.
Learning outcomes:
  1. Explain the basic concepts of nutrition sociology and the relationships between them.
  2. Explain basic theoretical concepts in the sociology of nutrition, with emphasis on ethnological, anthropological and historical approaches.
  3. Explain human ways of nutrition as complex results of interaction between human nutritional needs and culture.
  4. Elaborate on variety and complexity of the most famous cuisines in the world.
  5. Enable for critically and creatively think, to stimulate interest, motivation and discussion on different nutritional needs, processes and phenomena within various culinary culture.
  6. Enable for analytically explore the key problems of famine, obesity and undernourishment, all of which are among the biggest world problems.
  7. Understand the point of the overall nutritional system, whereupon production, distribution and consumption are considered parts of an integral process of a certain culture and society.
  8. Elaborate methodological approaches that can be explored in the sociology of nutrition as an area which enable a wide intellectual connection between food and culture.
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