HNE-20306 Nutrition Behaviour


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Practical extensively supervised12
Problem-based learning10
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. C de Graaf
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. C de Graaf
dr. ir. ID Brouwer
dr. ir. MC Busstra
prof. dr. LJ Frewer
dr. ir. NM de Roos
dr. ir. M Mars
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. C de Graaf
dr. ir. ID Brouwer
dr. ir. NM de Roos

Language of instruction:

Dutch with one guest lecture in English.

Assumed knowledge on:

HNE-10306, HNE-10806, HNE-11306 and RSO-11806


The course is aimed to provide the students with several concepts from social sciences that are used in the field of human nutrition. Moreover, this course aims to give insight into social, psychological, and cultural backgrounds of nutrition behaviour and food patterns in industrialized 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. Next, 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.


Individual written exam. (100% of the final mark)


A course reader will be available at WUR-Shop, Forum. Book; Den Hartog, Van Staveren, Brouwer. Food Habits and Consumption in Developing Countries. Manual for Social Surveys, Wageningen Academic Publishers 2006. ISBN 13: 97890769989.

Compulsory for: BVGNutrition and HealthBSc2MO
BGMHealth and SocietyBSc2AF