Module: Emerging Agri-food Issues

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Phil Hudson
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    36 hours

Module content

This module will provide an update on topical issues that will affect the agricultural and food industries in the future. It will include political, trade and socioeconomic issues as well as new developments in agricultural science. The module will be structured around issues as they arise and will rely on developing case studies from current affairs.

As a result of this approach outlined above, the module will be dynamic, responding to the emerging agenda, but the following topics are likely to be included: Climate change, Brexit, public attitudes to agriculture, global demand for food/changes in consumer demands for food, higher standards of food quality, animal welfare/diseases, environmental and land protection, food traceability/food fraud, future role for genetic modification and emerging agri-technolology. The students will also be invited to propose topics.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced comprehension of a number of emerging political, trade and socio-economic issues and scientific and technical disciplines and which will influence agricultural and food production in the future
  2. Produce a written report that proposes a new policy for agriculture reflecting the emerging issues for the industry.
  3. Demonstrate self and peer evaluation skills.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework 1 Essay (2000 words) 50%
Coursework 2 Video Pitch (10 minutes) 50%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

Students are expected to scan the weekly news reports for emerging issues in agri-food, such as the Farmers Weekly, Farmers Guardian, the BBC news and science reports, The Grocer magazine, the specialist scientific publications, such as Science, Nature, Journal of Agricultural Science, Crop Science, Journal of Dairy Science, Outlook on Agriculture, Veterinary Record, Experimental Agriculture etc.

An awareness of the quality press (and/or the online platform) and their agri-food output is also encouraged including, The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph and the FT.