Master’s studies

Syllabus for Food and Eating: From Infancy to Adolescence

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A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2HK069
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Food Science and Nutrition A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2016-09-28
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 50, 2016
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree
  • Responsible department: Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

  • Summarize and evaluate the importance of biological and social factors for children’s and adolescents’ health in relation to food.
  • Describe how children's and adolescents’ eating is influenced by the environment including the behavior of actors around them such as parents and staff. Specifically focus on factors influencing children's appetite and hunger.
  • Identify and select effective methods to promote healthy eating with focus on underweight or overweight in children and adolescents.
  • Discuss and critically analyse research methods applied in studies involving children and adolescents.


The course provides an opportunity to deepen the knowledge about food and eating during childhood and adolescence. The focus is on food and eating at venues where children and adolescents are during childhood and adolescence, such as home, preschool and school. Hot topics about children's and adolescents’ eating, such as underweight and overweight, are addressed both from a social and medical perspective. Biological, social and environmental factors related to health and disease are identified and a range of health promotion and disease prevention strategies are discussed.


Instruction consists of lectures, seminars and individual tasks.


Oral and written presentations. To pass the course, the student must be deemed approved for all mandatory course components - submitted or completed all mandatory tasks or assignment and actively participated in presentations and seminars. For the grade Pass with distinction on the course, the student must demonstrate particularly good ability to problematize from different perspectives, analyse, make connections and be able to defend and discuss their positions.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 51, 2016

Required reading The literature consists of current reports and scientific papers, 300 pages, and will be presented in the study guide at the start of the course.