Food policy: terminology and definitions; governance and hybridisation of policy (public-private partnerships); one size fits all versus risk-based policy food labelling; food safety, food crime, food integrity and sustainable food production; linear versus systems based or holistic policy; understanding the roles of stakeholders in policy development.
Food security: terminology and definitions; affordability, accessibility, food and health (nutrition and food safety); food poverty, food sovereignty.
Responsibility: levels of responsibility (personal, collective, business societal, responsibility), culpability, vulnerability, autonomy. The influence of habitus, cultural and social capital.
Compliance or deviance: factors that influence compliant versus deviant behaviour, power dynamics in the supply chain, opacity, transparency and ambiguity in supply chains; information asymmetry, nudging and choice architecture.
Applied ethics: morals and moral agency; deontological and teleological ethics; virtue ethics; ethics in the context of food production; developing ethical arguments; heuristics based decision making; rationalisation and motivation.
- Ability to consider complex problems.
- Ability to develop an evidence-based argument
- Ability to formulate ideas, options and communicate them
On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
- Critically evaluate food policy development and the influence of stakeholders in shaping historic and contemporary policy
- Assess the role of governments in developing food policy and the nature of the social contract between the government and its citizens
- Evaluate the drivers of industry led policy initiatives and the ethical dilemmas that can occur in the citizen/consumer paradigm
- Apply ethical theory to a given policy challenge and construct an evidence-based argument
|Coursework||Critical academic reflection Maximum 3000 words excluding references and appendices||100%|
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- Nestle, M. 2002. Food politics. Berkeley: University of California Press
- Driver, J. (2010). Ethics, eTextbook: The Fundamentals. John Wiley & Sons