Undergraduate Course: Digesting Food Policy (SCPL10036)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This is a course looking at policy-making around issues of food - where "food" is loosely defined to include a wide range of topics including food consumption and production, food and public health, school meals and the feeding of children, agriculture, and sustainability.
A range of different lectures over the semester will focus on a few cross-cutting themes in relation to food and food policy. These include: life course perspectives, international comparative perspectives, food in a globalised context, collaboration and friction between different actors and providers in the policy process.
Among the topics to be covered, we will look at how nutritional guidelines reveal different theoretical assumptions about the role of the individual and the state in terms of food consumption and health. Through case studies on infant diet and school meals, we will explore what the assumptions are behind food policy which is targeted at children in terms of the rights and responsibilities of families and the state when caring for children's diets. We will look at the role of the food industry in shaping food policy and explore political economies and geographies of food in a global context. We will also explore rising levels of food poverty and what the role of the third sector is and should be in alleviating such poverty. The role that the state plays in ensuring food safety, risk managements and hazard control will also be explored, as will the role of the state in ensuring food sustainability in production and consumption.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The formative assessment will involve reading and providing a critical evaluation of a food policy document (1000 words) - 25%
The summative assessment will involve writing an essay (3000 words) on questions reflecting the contents of the entire course - 75%
||Essays and policy critiques will be returned within 15 working days.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- engage critically with a wide range of Food Policy related topics.
- demonstrate their understanding of how Food Policy is formed in different contexts and applied settings.
- engage critically with Food Policy using relevant insights from social theory.
- demonstrate their understanding of how Food Policy is a product of historical, political and cultural factors.
|Lang, T., Barling, D. and Caraher, M. (2009). Food Policy: Integrating health, environment and society. ISBN 978-0-19-172412-1.|
Mason, P.M. and Lang, T.M. (2017). Sustainable Diets: How ecological nutrition can transform consumption and the food system. Abingdon: Routledge Earthscan. ISBN 978-0-415-74472-0.
Nestle, M (2013) Food Politics - How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health. ISBN: 9780520275966
Nestle, M (2010) Safe Food - The Politics of Food Safety, Updated and Expanded. ISBN: 9780520266063
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Valeria Skafida
Tel: (0131 6)51 3215
|Course secretary||Mr Colin Arthur
Tel: (01316)51 3162