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The Politics of the Global Food System


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This is a credit bearing course but can also be taken as a non-credit bearing course.

Discover the difference between our credit bearing and non-credit bearing courses.

On The Politics of the Global Food System short course we will examine key questions about power in the global food system. We consider major debates about global supply chains in the food system, the impact of food on international relations and security, and its role in fostering transnational ‘hybrid’ cultures. We also focus on political structures such as multilateral regimes and economic processes like commodity exchange in the reproduction of the global food system, and how the latter in turn affects climate change and our patterns of consumption.

This cross-disciplinary course incorporates sociological, geographical, political-economic and environmental policy literatures into its syllabus.

We aim to cover the following content:

  • Food and the City
  • The Political Economy of the Global Food System
  • Famines, Wars and Starvation
  • Race, Ethnicity and Transnational Foodways
  • Food and Social Movements
  • Food and Global Security
  • Food and Climate Crisis
  • Food Choices and Food Deserts
  • Food, the Media, and Celebrity Cooks

Assessment is via a 3000-word essay (90%) and three seminar logs (10%).

15 credits at level 6

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    The Politics of the Global Food System short course is open to anyone with knowledge of politics and social science debates, either through introductory university study or through professional experience.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.