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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

SOCM021: Food Systems, Alternative Food Networks, and Ethical Consumption

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The module will be structured as a reading and discussion seminar. The following themes will likely be covered, with minor variation from year to year depending upon the availability and current research of lecturers contributing to the module:

  • Food, Agriculture and the State in Historical Perspective
  • Famine and Food Aid
  • Food Security from the Global South to the Global North
  • Trade and Globalization in Agriculture and Food
  • Food Sovereignty
  • Ethical Consumption
  • Short Food Chains
  • Slow Food and Transition Towns
  • Food, Heritage and the Cultural Economy
  • Food, Brexit and the end (?) of Neoliberalism

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 study5010 x 5-hours weekly reading for seminar preparation
Guided independent study2010 x 2-hours weekly preparation of reading response papers
Guided independent study58Research and writing of essay
Guided independent study208Research and writing of essay

Online Resources

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