What is the course about?
This course will explore the biological, psychological and social factors involved in eating, as well as factors thought to contribute to difficulties with eating. It will provide an understanding of the rewarding aspects of food and eating from a biological, psychological and social perspective. The course will also offer an opportunity to explore the role of food and eating in human development and the evolution of our species, as well as an opportunity to think about treatments available for those with eating difficulties.
What will we cover?
• History of food and eating and its role in the society and culture;
• Food and eating in the context of human development, evolutionary explanations of eating behaviours
• Impact of food and eating on mood;
• Exploration of the current environment around food and eating;
• The biological and psycho-social basis of the rewarding nature of food and eating;
• Biological and psychological involved in hunger and satiation.
• Biological, psychological and social factors associated with difficulties around eating and weight management;
• What to do if you suspect someone you know has eating difficulties.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Explain the different factors (biological, psychological and social) which trigger us to start and stop a meal,
Describe and evaluate models of eating difficulties
Identify ideas regarding the science behind food and eating with others.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course assumes no prior knowledge and the skills required are listening, the ability to reflect on material presented and evaluate what you have heard.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The tutor may ask students to do some reading in between sessions to support class based discussions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Pen and paper to take notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
PP114Cross cultural psychology
PP128 Child Psychology
PP115 Psychology of Trauma.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details