Module:Society and Food

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Professor Louise Manning and Damian Maye
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    36 hours

Module content

Society and food: human and societal influences on food; eating geographies and the shifts in food consumption; consumption politics and ethics. Green revolution, millennium and sustainable development goals.

Food connections: food networks definitions and geography, commodity circuits, locality, local food networks, relations of proximity, power and control, corporate versus people power.

Social embeddedness: geographies of regard and ethics of care in food networks, fairness and cultures of food.

Food poverty: poverty, deprivation and food deserts, food rights, food sovereignty and food justice movements; charitable food aid, food hubs and civic food networks

Module outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Examine how societal factors influence food consumption and food choice
  2. Compare and contrast the way in which policy levers can be used to influence food purchase and food consumption
  3. Evaluate how ethical considerations and notions of responsibility influence food networks


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Literature review on a given theme 3000 words excluding appendices 100%

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