Master in Food Security and International Food Governance

UOC Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Programme Description

Master in Food Security and International Food Governance

UOC Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

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The way food is produced, processed and what is eaten has changed significantly over time. Whereas it is likely that our great-grandparents ate predominantly local and seasonal foods, today, it is estimated that the average meal travels over 2,400 km, from the field to fork. As our food is transported around the world, it is subject to myriad rules and regulations.

Food plays a central role in our societies, cultures, economies and personal lives, but few understand how food makes it to our plates. The Master's in Food, Society, and International Food Governance clarifies this process.

This programme is designed for individuals interested in enhancing their understanding and analysis of agriculture and food policy and increasing their understanding of the social, cultural and economic factors that influence and shape the development and enforcement of agriculture governance. This combination presents an opportunity to explore connections between the historical, political, scientific, strategic and ethical considerations involved in the organisation of food policy and agriculture internationally. The programme trains students to identify and generate solutions for just and sustainable food systems. It attracts a diversity of learners from professionals to those just starting their careers. All of our students share an interest in the organisation of food systems and in food governance.

The Master's is made up of two mandatory Specialisations, two elected Specialisations, and a Final Research Project. A Specialisation is a 4 month, 15 ECTS credit course made up of a series of modules (usually 3 or 4). The Specialisations can be taken independently or as part of the Masters.

Mandatory Specialisations:

  • Food Systems Analysis
  • International Agri-Food Policy

Elective Specialisations:

  • Food and Society
  • Food Regulation (with MSU's IFLR)
  • Food Security: Assessment and Action (with FAO)
  • Impact Assessment of Food Security Programmes

Understanding the Right to Food

Final Research Project:

The Master's in Food, Society and International Food Governance provides you with an opportunity to pursue a research topic in your area of interest. You may collaborate with your employer to develop a project or you may opt to undertake an independent research project. A UOC advisor must approve your research question and will work with you to carry out the research in an appropriate and timely fashion.

This Final Research Project (6 or 9 ECTS) is required to complete the Master's in Food, Society and International Food Governance and is to be completed over the duration of the Master's programme. In general, research will be multi-disciplinary and will have a practical application.

The Final Research Project will be evaluated by an Academic Committee. The Committee can include a mentor from your company or organisation. Agreements with industry on confidentiality are always strictly taken into account. Students must defend their project. This can be done virtually (as long as it is synchronous) or in person.

Completing the Final Research Project is a major task that requires patience and dedication. We will work with you to make it manageable and make sure that you acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to excel at the task.

Objectives

To provide students with the tools and knowledge to analyse and understand:

  • Food systems and their role in society.
  • How food and agriculture are regulated nationally and internationally.
  • How agencies and institutions regulate agriculture and food nationally and internationally.
  • To provide a framework for the exchange of knowledge, experiences, programmes and viewpoints among players, including other universities, researchers, professionals, civil service, private sector and government.
  • To develop a comprehensive understanding of food systems in a local, regional and global context.
  • To develop awareness of the role that food and food policy play across cultures, historically and in contemporary societies.
  • To develop an understanding of the relationships between economics, environment, society, culture and agri-food policy.
  • To develop a comprehensive understanding of international agriculture and food regulatory agencies.
  • To develop the capacity to critically analyse and address issues of governance within food systems.
  • To develop the capacity to apply theory and knowledge to policy analysis.
  • To develop knowledge of how policy interventions affect food security and agricultural production.
  • To develop an understanding of the relationships between economics, environment, society, culture and agri-food policy.
  • To develop a comprehensive understanding of agricultural regulations and standards and their local and international implications.
  • To develop an understanding of international agriculture and food regulatory agencies and corresponding legal texts.
  • To develop a comprehensive understanding of agricultural regulations as they relate to specific regions as well as their implications internationally.
  • To develop competence in approaching a research problem in the area of food systems.
  • To develop competence in articulating a research question, data collection and articulating research results.
  • To develop competence in critically evaluating research.

Academic requirements

The Master's in Food, Society and International Food Governance is open to everyone with a good grasp of English.

The UOC is an open university which means that even if you do not have a high school diploma or university degree you can still take our courses.

However, to be eligible for the Master's Degree you must have a recognised university degree.

If you do not have a recognised university degree then you will receive an equivalency certificate instead of a degree.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated March 13, 2018
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