Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM153: Knowledge Exchange in Agriculture, Food and Development

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


Core Knowledge Exchange skills


  • Effective communication skills; identification of and engagement with stakeholders
  • Creating and developing public impacts with your research findings.
  • Influencing and learning from policy agendas: effective engagement with policy makers
  • Clarity in writing for wider audiences.


Knowledge transfer in the context of sustainable agriculture and food systems


  • Agricultural Extension - engagement with farming communities; agricultural R&D.
  • Adoption of new technologies in farming; Ethical and political debates around new technologies.
  • The social contexts of knowledge exchange; working towards sustainable farming systems.
  • Publics, public communication, impact and participation.
  • Sustainable agriculture in developed and developing countries.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities147x2 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities7External visit
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities42 x 2 hour seminars (student presentations)
Guided independent study40Reading
Guided independent study77Assignment preparation: conducting research, critical analysis , and writing the finished product (30-40 hours per assignment)
Guided Independent Study 6Preparation for individual presentation
Guided independent study 2Preparation for group presentation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

UKRC Global Food Security Research Programme website;

Guardian - special section on food security:

LSE Impact project blog:  

RCUK Pathways to Impact Review and Case Studies (2016):

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (2009). Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in the Pacific.


The College has produced a fantastic resource to support library and research skills, including Politics specific material:  


Journals and many other electronic resources can be accessed through the library’s main search portal:  

Web of Knowledge – for searching academic journals:

Google Scholar - particularly useful for finding open access copies of material not available through the library: