Global Politics of Food (011IRS)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Why – when there is enough food produced to feed the world’s population – are close to 800 million people hungry?
What is the environmental impact of the world’s food system, and how can it be re-designed to combat climate breakdown?

On this module, you will learn:

  • about the formation, functioning and contemporary transformation of the global food system
  • how an intersectional political economy approach – which places class, race and gender relations at its core – can help approach the above questions.


100%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Essay)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

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.

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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: