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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

FOEV5104M Sustainable Food Supply Chains and Trade

15 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Anthony Whiteing

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will investigate sustainability challenges that result from sourcing strategies and supply chain activities. It will integrate approaches and perspectives from business management, transport and logistics, law and trade, social and environmental sustainability to critically evaluate the tensions and tradeoffs between the different food supply chain stages and stakeholders. The module will consider solutions to sustainability challenges, with a focus on linking food production and consumption in order to achieve sustainability outcomes.


This module aims to:
-take a whole supply chain approach and examine sustainability challenges relevant across the food supply chain
-critically investigate the tensions and tradeoffs between the different food supply chain stages and stakeholders
-focus on distributing food from production to consumption in order to achieve sustainability outcomes e.g. how sourcing decisions made by processors, manufacturers and retailers impact on other parts of the supply chain and potential solutions

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module students will be able to (Module Learning Outcomes):
MLO1: Apply supply chain concepts, frameworks and analytical tools to enhance sustainability in the food system
MLO2: Analyse and critically evaluate the environmental, social and economic impacts of sourcing food through different kinds of food supply chains and their underlying causes
MLO3: Develop interventions that address the sustainability challenges food supply chains face


Indicative content of this module will include topics such as:
1. Where does food come from? Patterns of food supply and different kinds of supply chain (long, short, global local)
2. Sustainability challenges across the Food Supply Chain (FSC): environmental (e.g. embedded carbon) and social impacts (e.g. labour issues)
3. First mile, global food hubs, networks and logistics
4. Last mile, urban transport and planning issues
5. Supply chain management and supply chain analysis: frameworks and approaches from different disciplines, including the role of different actors/ stakeholders in the chain
6. Sustainable supply chain management and tools
7. Traceability, food safety, food waste across the FSC
8. Governance of the supply chain through law and regulation and through certification and standards
9. Resilient, vulnerable FSCs, shocks and risk

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent Learning51.005.00
Private study hours114.00
Total Contact hours36.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Reading and critically reviewing relevant material such as academic journals, books, grey literature (policy, technical and business reports, working papers, government documents, white papers etc.)
Group working and peer learning

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report2,000 word essay100.00
Oral PresentationFormative Group presentation0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be a single item of assessment, in a format to be announced by the Module Leader, and covering all Module Learning Objectives. If the resit is being taken as a New First Attempt, the original mark will be discarded irrevocably and replaced by the new mark even if it is lower. If the resit is being taken as a Capped Second Attempt, whichever is higher of the original mark and the new mark capped at the Pass mark of 50%, will be returned.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 23/10/2023


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