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.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.