Postgraduate Module Descriptor

SOCM045: Food and Sustainability: Economy, Society and Environment

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Aims

You will read works on food and sustainability from a range of disciplines, including agricultural and aquacultural sciences, environmental studies, nutrition and health sciences, science and technology studies, sociology, anthropology, geography, development studies, and political economy. Through engagement with the literature, you will develop perspectives on food and sustainability at various scales, analysing problems as well as critically examining proposed solutions. The module will prepare you for your own research in the field of study, whether academic or within the context of public institutions, industries, or third sector organisations with an interest in food and its place in sustainable communities, sustainable economies, and sustainable environments.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Critically analyse a range of sustainability challenges in the production, processing, retailing and consumption of food
2. Identify and critically assess the roles of a range of actors of various types and scales in food related sustainability challenges
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Discern the social, political, economic, and technological factors in food related sustainability challenges
4. Recognize and articulate critical perspectives on a range of proposed solutions to food related sustainability challenges
Personal and Key Skills5. Critically analyse sources that identify and propose solutions to food related sustainability challenges
6. Present relevant information in support of coherent critical appraisal of food related sustainability challenges and proposed solutions