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Co-ordinator: Professor Miranda Mirosa

Teaching staff: Professor Miranda Mirosa

Eligibility: Consumer Food Science (CFSC) only

Module description

Why do people buy food they do not consume? Why do people not consume the all of the food that they buy? How might we impact upon these choices to reduce the social, economic and environmental consequences of food going to landfill? These are the questions that we explore in this course which provides an interdisciplinary investigation into food purchases and subsequent non consumption.

This course positions students as change agents and co-creators of learning and teaching. Opportunities are created for engaging students in the design and delivery of course work. This will be done by having students take responsibility for establishing and implementing a 'real life' student-led learning event/behaviour change campaign related to food waste.

The course provides multiple opportunities for exploration of consumer food waste issues outside of the classroom. Field trips include visits to a local food waste redistribution centre and to the Dunedin City's local dump.


  1. Food waste reduction.
  2. Event planning.
  3. Behavior change campaign.
  4. Public communication.


4 week intensive course, Semester TBC

Lecturer-led group practical workshops and feedback sessions

Class field visits

Independent student-led work sessions


This module is worth 50% of a 20 credit paper, as follows;

  • Project participation reflective report – 25%
  • Public dissemination report - 25%

Further information

Postgraduate courses available in the department

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