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2024/25 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 2024/25

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
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
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 and enhance food security

Skills Learning Outcomes

1. Planning and mobilising resources: Plans and mobilises resources to effectively evaluate the impacts of food supply chains
2. Problem Solving and analytical skills: Uses analytical and critical thinking to problem solve


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent Learning51.005.00
Drop-in Session11.001.00
Private study hours117.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

1. There are opportunities for formative feedback during the group discussions, formative assessment, and activities in the seminars.
2. Formative group oral presentation based on specific topic. Feedback will inform summative assessment
3. There will also be drop-in sessions during which students can receive support towards their summative assessment from the teaching team.
4. Formative feedback will also be gleaned by students during in-class lectures and seminars when they ask questions to the teaching team and any guest speakers that would support the delivery of the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 08/03/2024


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