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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2067: Politics of Food and Farming

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Aims

The module aims to provide an understanding of how what we eat is influenced by social, cultural and political drivers. The module makes use of a wide range of published papers and reports and benefits from the module convenor’s direct policy engagement and research commissioned by Government. While the primary focus is on the United Kingdom, many of the issues relate to global trends and pressures.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate knowledge of key issues in the politics of food, agriculture and the environment
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the challenges that arise from these issues
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Locate and use secondary primary data relevant to the specific issue areas
4. Undertake inter-disciplinary social science analysis
Personal and Key Skills5. Demonstrate critical and analytical skills through readings and class discussions
6. Develop the ability to place issues discussed in a wider context
7. Conduct research on a topic and organize findings in written form in a compelling manner