Global Politics of Food (011IRS)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

What, why and how we eat is the consequence of global forces and has mega-impacts on dynamics of world development, poverty alleviation/creation, and environmental destruction. This course provides an in-depth examination of how food systems have shaped, and have been shaped, by global capitalism.

The course examines the relationship between changing forms of food production, distribution and consumption at key junctures in modern times – the origins of capitalism, the division of the world between richer and poorer zones, the emergence of British and later American global hegemony, the contemporary corporate food regime, causes of and responses to the global food crisis, and alternative conceptions, models and practices of food production, consumption and distribution.

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 33 hours of contact time and about 267 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, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to 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.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.

Courses

This module is offered on the following courses: