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The Specialisation in Food Systems Analysis provides students with a strong understanding of the main issues facing food systems today, including sustainable and local food systems, seeds, nutrition, gender, ecology, social movements, economics, globalization, and localization. Students consider theories and critiques of trade liberalization and food governance. Finally, students are introduced to research methods that will allow them not only to effectively undertake research on questions related to food systems but also to undertake policy analysis. This specialization is taught by an international group of experts. With this training, students will be better prepared to understand, analyse and address issues linked to our food systems across a variety of sectors.
This Specialisation in Food Systems Analysis can be taken as a stand-alone certificate. It also makes up a mandatory part of the Master's in International Agri-Food Governance and the Postgraduate Diploma in Food Systems and Governance.
- 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. Comprehensive understanding of food systems in a local, regional and global context. Awareness of the role that food plays across cultures, historically and in contemporary societies. Understanding of the relationships between economics, environment, society, culture and agri-food policy. Capacity to apply theory and knowledge to policy analysis. Competence in approaching a research problem in the area of food systems. Competence in articulating a research question, data collection and articulating research results. Competence in critically evaluating research.
Food Systems Analysis students typically have backgrounds in a field related to the agri-food sector, or an academic background in anthropology, economics, environmental studies, development, public health, agriculture or sociology.
The programme attracts people who wish to specialise in the agri-food sector, as well as those interested working in this field. Many already have work experience in the agri-food sector and are looking to broaden their knowledge and skills so as to advance their careers.
Students can still apply for the programme even if they do not have a university degree.
The Specialisation in Food Systems Analysis 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.
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Last updated March 13, 2018