HNE-20306 Nutrition Behaviour


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work7
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. C de Graaf
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. C de Graaf
dr. ir. NM de Roos
dr. G Jager
dr. ir. EF Talsma
dr. ir. PW van Kleef
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. C de Graaf

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

MCB-10806 Social Psychology.


The course is aimed to provide the students a framework of concepts and theories that are used in the behavioral sciences for the explanation of human nutrition behavior. the course aims to give insight into the social, socio-economic, psychological and psycho-biological background of eating behaviour and food patterns in the industrialized world and developing countries.

Learning outcomes:

After this course the student is expected to be able to:
- describe the most important characteristics of nutrition behaviour and food habits in industrialized (most of all the Netherlands) and developing countries;
- identify determinants of nutrition behaviour and food habits on an individual (psychological/biological) as well as on a social (socio-economic, cultural) level;
- show which policies contribute to nutritional problems, on an individual as well as on a social level;
- apply the obtained knowledge to situations in industrialized as well as in developing countries.


- students will follow lectures during which basic knowledge will be provided.
- students will discuss realistic nutritional problems (i.e. case studies), actively gather information, and apply and discuss the gathered information in relation to the case studies.
Moreover, students will practice social theoretical models by means of e-learning tutorials.


- participation with the working lectures, i.e. ICT assisted models on the Theory of Planned Behavior and the models of Rozin and Mojet is obligatory;
- participation in the five case studies (casussen) is voluntary;
- the correct completion of each case study yields up to 0,2 points/case for the final mark of the exam;
- the final grade is composed of 90% on a written exam and 10% of the cumulative grade for the cases studies;
- the written exam is composed of 100% multiple choice questions; the mark for the written exam may vary between 1 and 10. A mark equal or higher than 5,5 is obligatory for passing the exam;
- the cumulative mark for the case studies may vary between 0 and 1;
- final mark = 0,9 x (mark written exam) + 0,1 x (mark case studies);
- final mark equal or high than 5,5 is necessary to pass the exam.


A course reader will be available at WUR-Shop.

Compulsory for: BVGNutrition and HealthBSc2AF
BGMHealth and SocietyBSc2AF
Compulsory for: WUNHEBSc Minor Nutrition and Health2AF
Restricted Optional for: WUPEBBSc Minor Psychobiology of Eating Behaviour2AF