Eating, Customs and Health


About this course

Health is related to (good) food. However, not everyone agrees on what good food is. Moreover, not everyone has an equal access to good food. In this course we study identities around and related ideas about food on the one hand, and daily routines, food customs and possibilities/access on the other hand, doing so from a health perspective. We examine the complex relations between food patterns and customs around food, and around personal and public health concerns. The course provides students with the tools and skills required to analyse and understand issues of (public) health, eating and customs across different geographical and cultural settings.
Besides these contents, the course focuses on interview techniques, and on working with and interpreting the data obtained through interviews.

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

  • Explain how the experience of health and eating is shaped by the social and cultural context
  • Explain how the experience of health and eating is shaped by identity
  • Illustrate the theories from the course with examples
  • Formulate interview questions that fit a research question
  • Execute a research interview in such a way that it gives valuable information to answer the research question

Link to more information

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  • Start date

    12 May 2025

    • Ends
      4 July 2025
    • Term *
      Period 6
    • Location
    • Instruction language
    • Register between
      1 Jun, 00:00 - 6 Apr 2025
These offerings are valid for students of Utrecht University