Module: Sustainable Agricultural Business Principles

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    To be confirmed
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    30 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 2

Module content

United Nations Food and Agriculture Business Principles including: food security; environmental responsibility; economic viability and share value; human rights and fair trade; good governance and accountability;  access and transfer of knowledge; skills and technology; agricultural, environmental and food policies and programmes; progressive accounting.

Module outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the key principles of sustainable business in the food and agriculture sector.
  2. Critically evaluate agri-business commitment to the key principles and performance against targets
  3. Propose sustainable management solutions to problems faced by a farm based business


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework 1 x essay 40%
Coursework 1 x group report and presentation 60%

Key texts

Students should be familiar with a mix of the following texts:

  • Gray, R. H., Adams, C. and Owen, D. (2014) Accountability, Social Responsibility and Sustainability: Accounting for Society and the Environment. Pearson Education
  • Hanley, N., Shogren, J.F. and White, B. (2007) Environmental Economics in Theory and Practice. (2nd edition). Palgrave Macmillan
  • Hawkins, D. E. (2006) Corporate Social Responsibility: Balancing Tomorrow's Sustainability and Today's Profitability. Palgrave Macmillan
  • Hitchcock, D. and Willard, M. (2009). The Business Guide to Sustainability: Practical Strategies and Tools for Organizations. Earthscan
  • Lobell, D. and Burke, M. (eds.) (2010) Climate change and food security: Adapting agriculture to a warmer world. Springer Science & Business Media
  • Pretty, J. (2002) Agri-Culture. Earthscan Publications Ltd
  • Millar, A. (ed.) (2011) Soil Health and Sustainability. Strategic report produced by the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network
  • Molden, D. (2007) Water for Food, Water for Life: A Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture. Earthscan
  • Newson, M. (2009) Land, Water and Development. 3rd edition. Routledge
  • Newton, L. H. (2005) Business Ethics and the Natural Environment. Blackwell Publishing
  • Pascual, U., Shah, A. and Bandyopadhyay, J. (2009) Water, Agriculture and Sustainable Well-being. Oxford University Press