Food Politics and Development (110M9)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module introduces you to food as an outstanding development issue that concerns hunger, food insecurity, malnutrition, sustainability, power politics, social justice and cultural identity. Food is about the hard trade-offs that the globalisation era has brought about. The module highlights its political nature that stems from the unequal organisation of food systems and distribution of resources and from contestations over ways to address food challenges that give rise to competing paradigms. It draws on distinct theoretical and empirical contributions to analyse food challenges, from a development perspective. Following a critical approach that considers alternative narratives and framings, the module engages with a range of contemporary issues on food and development, at global and local levels and across North and South.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 256 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: