• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Health Medicine and the Body, Health
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course will introduce students to the various ways in which anthropologists have explored food and the practice of eating in a variety of ethnographic contexts and through a multiplicity of theoretical lenses.  Topics to be be discussed will include food and identity; food, symbol, mind, meaning and material; food and the Body; food, sex and gender; food and religion; food politics; ethics and moralities of food consumption and avoidance; the social performance of taste and taste; food, senses, migration and memory; food, globalisation, exchange and tourism.



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. understand the relevance of studying food anthropologically;
  2. appreciate the cultural dimensions of food;
  3. understand the various roles of food in webs of power and disempowerment, globalisation, bodies, social relations and culture;
  4. participate in a community of scholars organised around an interest in food; and
  5. apply anthropological ideas and techniques to the study of food.

Work Integrated Learning


Group and individual projects that provide public education. 

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Tutorial presentation, 15 minutes (20) [LO 3,4,5]
  3. Minor Essay (1500 words) (25) [LO 4,5]
  4. Major Essay (2500 words) (40) [LO 1,3,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading, and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level courses, or with permission of the convener. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANTH6518.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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