Nutrition Politics and Policy

Drawing on the literature, frameworks, arguments and concepts introduced in the first few weeks of this subject, write a 3,500 words (maximum) essay addressing the topic.

In addressing these topics, you should draw on the literature, frameworks, arguments and concepts introduced in this subject. Illustrate your arguments with specific case studies where possible. Be clear in your essay regarding the country or geographical location you are addressing (eg. Australia, Europe, USA, global, etc). You may draw on the literature and extended bibliographies available on the LMS, but you should also research your topic more widely, including drawing on academic publications, NGO reports and government policies.

The Topic:
Choose one of the following food components that are currently the focus of reformulation initiatives by governments and the food industry: salt, sugar, trans-fats, or energy (kilojoules/calories). Critically discuss the dynamics and interactions between the scientific understanding and dietary advice regarding this food component, food industry initiatives to reformulate and reduce this component in their products, and current or proposed government policies or public-private partnerships for governing the production, labeling and consumption of this food component.

Assignment length: 3,500 words, excluding reference list. The reference list is excluded from the word count.

General assessment criteria:
1. Coherent analysis of the topic
2. Strength, organisation, and clarity of arguments.
3. Use of relevant texts, concepts, arguments and frameworks introduced in the readings and lectures in this subject.
4. Documentation of relevant supporting materials using the Harvard (author, date) style of referencing – see below
5. Writing standard, including: accuracy of spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence and paragraph construction
6. Presentation, including: the title of your assignment, your name, your student number, , and your assignment’s total word count (not including the reference list) on the front page; the use of headings where appropriate; pagination; 12 point font size; 1.5 line spacing.
7. You need a title page. Name, TITLE, student number, WORD COUNT. • Ref list starts on NEW PAGE. • Check your SPELLING in the reference list. • Avoid casual language. “In my opinion….” or “I reckon….” is unacceptable.
8. Essay template
Intro Main issue/introduce topic Thesis/topic sentence: what is your essay about? Main message?
Section 1 (e.g. Changing Food Products) Paragraph 1:main idea, examples, relate to essay question Paragraph 2: … Paragraph 3: …… Discussion: Significance? Implications?
Section 2….e.g. Labelling
Section 3….e.g. Marketing
Conclusion Sum up main points of essay. Relate back to key message.
9. Compare your thesis sentence to the essay question. They should be similar

Reference list: All references must be listed at the end of the essay (in alphabetical order, by author– see the Harvard citation style guide mentioned above) under the heading “Reference list”. Every reference listed there must be explicitly cited in the body of the assignment. In other words, don’t list references that you consulted but did not cite.