Postgraduate Module Descriptor

SOCM045: Food and Sustainability: Economy, Society and Environment

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Introduction: Food, Agriculture, Climate, Biodiversity, Nutrition and Health: Threats, Mitigation and Opportunities

Land, Soil and Productivity

Chemical Inputs and Biodiversity

Biotechnology: Promise and Peril

Antibiotics and Anti-Microbial Resistance


The Global Fisheries Crisis

Food Waste

Regenerative Agriculture and Circular Economies

Meat: from Concentrated Feed Lots, to Pasture, to Veganism

Automation and Artificial Intelligence in Food and Farming

Food Livelihoods, Wellbeing and Sustainable Communities

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 & Teaching activities 2211 x 2-hour weekly seminar
Guided independent study 5010 x 5-hours weekly reading for seminar preparation
Guided independent study 2010 x 2-hours weekly preparation of reading response papers
Guided independent study 208Research and writing of extended essay

Online Resources

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

The Biggest Little Farm, FarmLore Films

The End of the Line, Dartmouth Films

Kiss the Ground, Big Picture Ranch

Gill (2020) It’s Not the Cow, It’s the How, Ted Talk