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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

FOEV5105M Food Systems Fieldtrip

15 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Rory Padfield

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module applies experiential learning to expose students to the realities of food production and consumption in local, regional and global food contexts. The students will get first-hand experience of the challenges in balancing the three domains of sustainability (environment, people, and economy) and the implications of a globalised food system. The module will evaluate the different needs and priorities of various stakeholders, and critically examine the spectrum of perspectives e.g. global north vs global south, food producing vs food consuming regions, high income vs low income countries. This module will focus on linking food production with consumption in order to achieve sustainability outcomes.


The module aims to:
- provide students with hands-on experience of the realities of the local and global food systems
- draw links between food consumption and production in local and global contexts
- expose students to the complexity of the globalised food system, the friction and trade offs between the needs and priorities of different stakeholders, as well as between the three domains of sustainability (environment, people, economy)

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module students will be able to (Module Learning Outcomes):
MLO1: Critically examine and evaluate the different perspectives, needs and priorities of different stakeholders in local, regional and global food systems
MLO2: Negotiate and reach consensus amongst different stakeholders in local, regional and global food systems
MLO3: Formulate ambitious and realistic proposals that balance the three domains of sustainability (environment, people, economy) within local, regional and global food systems

Skills outcomes
Negotiation skills
Consensus building
Cross-cultural awareness


Indicative content of this module will include topics such as:
Sustainable consumption and production (SCP)
Global sustainability frameworks
Certification and standards for sustainable development
International governance structures
Sustainable development
Economic growth, natural resource use and development
Power, inequality, gender
Political economy
Political ecology
Social and environmental justice
Stakeholder analysis, engagement and management
Global Production Networks and Global Commodity Chains

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent Learning21.002.00
Group learning114.0014.00
Private study hours91.00
Total Contact hours59.00
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
Critical reflection and cross-culture awareness building

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report2,000 word consensus building report100.00
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: 10/05/2023 16:29:06


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