2023-2024 / SOCI9012-1

Socio-anthropology of nutrition


14h Th, 6h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in public health (120 ECTS) (new programme)2 crédits 


Elsa Mescoli

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course deals with the literature developed in various disciplinary fields of the Social Sciences on the subject of food. This literature starts from the observation of the complexity of food choices and practices, which are based on elements of a symbolic, affective, social, cultural, economic and political nature, among others. Food acts are not only determined by the physiological needs to which they respond, but they are also dictated by individual and collective factors that impact on the choices and tastes of individuals, and which have consequences that go beyond the organic contribution of food to the human body. These processes will be explored through readings and ex-cathedra lessons, including the presentation of concrete examples of studies in this field, with a particular focus on certain themes such as food issues related to gender and cultural diversity. Students will also be supported in carrying out a fieldwork that aims to interrogate certain food practices in order to understand their complexity.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of this course, students will be able to identify and apply certain theoretical and methodological tools that enable them to understand food as a complex phenomenon, involving factors and issues that go beyond a purely biological consideration of food issues. The aim is to increase the complexity of the way in which students will be able to relate to these issues in their future professional practice.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Prior knowledge of certain socio-anthropological concepts is an advantage but not essential, given the introductory nature of this course and the specific topic covered. A knowledge of written English is necessary for the reading of English texts. The bibliography will nevertheless be adapted according to the students' language skills.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course will be structured around theoretical lessons (14 hours) and practical work (6 hours) carried out mainly in class.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face-to-face course. Please contact the teacher if you have any work or other constraints.

Recommended or required readings

Readings will be indicated during the course and available via MyULiège. Some of these readings are compulsory and necessary for class discussions.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- Remote

written exam

Written work / report

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

In addition to ensuring their active presence in class (5 points), students will complete a written assignment (15 points) including a restitution of the theoretical elements presented in class, as an introduction, and the analysis of the materials produced during the fieldwork, deepening the themes that emerge through a subsequent bibliographic research.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course takes place on Mondays from 1 to 3 pm in the first semester.


Elsa Mescoli

Chargée de cours en Anthropologie des migrations
CEDEM - Centre d'études de l'ethnicité et des migrations
LASC - Laboratoire d'anthropologie sociale et culturelle
Université de Liège, Faculté des Sciences Sociales
Place des orateurs 3 (Quartier Agora), bât. 31, bte 24
4000 Liège - Belgique
Tél. : 00 32 4 366 30 51

https://www.lasc.uliege.be/cms/c_3366094/en/mescoli-elsa https://orbi.uliege.be/simple-search?query=mescoli
Contact method: by email (with the possibility of making an appointment).

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