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Agriculture and food regulation is no longer primarily the responsibility of states, but implies common rules, common principles and common regulators extended to the world scale. In addition, it is multidimensional, implying a balanced protection of several interests and values. These two aspects raise several problems of a legal, cultural and political nature.
Through a vertical comparison of different food safety regulatory systems students will study the main issues of food safety regulation and different strategies and approaches for analysing them. Students will learn about institutions and agreements such as the World Health Organization, Codex Alimentarius, International Organization for Standards, International Plant Protection Convention and the World Organization for Animal Health, so as to understand their role in international agri-food policy, especially food safety policy. This Specialisation also defines food safety law and regulation in the international legal space focusing on linkages to World Trade Organization (WTO) law.
This Specialisation in International Agri-Food Policy is a mandatory component 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.
- Understanding of the relationships between economics, environment, society, culture and agri-food policy.
- Understanding of international agriculture and food regulatory agencies and corresponding legal texts.
- Comprehensive understanding of agricultural regulations and standardisation and their local and international implications.
- Comprehensive understanding of international agriculture and food regulatory agencies.
This programme will prepare you to meet the demand for knowledgeable and well-trained food systems analysts and leaders, by fostering practical and critical learning with an international perspective.
The courses are specifically geared towards:
- Individuals working in NGOs and community organizations that address issues related to food, and agriculture.
- Individuals working in the agri-food sector.
- Public administrators.
- Policy analysts.
- Journalists specializing in food politics.
- Professional organizations or international cooperation projects that address issues linked to food and agriculture.
- Students wishing further education on issues of agri-food governance.
Providing students with the necessary tools for improving their employability, giving them the right to knowledge and education to be successful in the different occupations they will have during their lives, is a fundamental purpose of our postgraduate programmes.
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.
International Agri-Food Policy 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.
Students can apply for this specialisation even if they do not have a university degree.
The Specialisation in International Agri-Food Policy 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.
If you do not have a recognised university degree then you will receive an equivalency certificate instead of a degree.
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Last updated March 13, 2018