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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3125: Politics of Food and Farming

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • History of Food Supply.
  • Food and the State: Twentieth century perspectives.
  • Contemporary Political Economy of Global Food.
  • Food and Agriculture: Supply Chains, Pressure Groups and Government.
  • Food and Human Identity.
  • Contested Food: The Politics of Diet and Nutrition.
  • Contested Food: The Politics of Farming and the Environment.
  • Contested Food: The Politics of New Technologies.
  • The Future for Food.

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 and Teaching Activity222 hours per week for 11 weeks. Teaching will take the form of lectures and discussion. Each week's session will require pre-reading by the participants and will be interspersed with discussion points and interaction.
Guided Independent Study56Weekly reading for each week’s lecture
Guided Independent Study12Preparation for Research Paper Proposal
Guided Independent Study40Preparation for Research Paper
Guided Independent Study20Exam preparation

Online Resources

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