Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3221: The Politics of Food, Farming and Nature

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics: 


History of Food Supply and its role in the Formation of Politics 

Food and the State: Twentieth century perspectives 

Contemporary Political Economy of Global Food 

Food and Agriculture: Supply Systems, Pressure Groups and Government 

Food and the Politics of Trade and Aid

Food and the Politics of Identity 

Contested Food: The Politics of Diet and Nutrition 

Contested Food: The Politics of Farming and the Environment 

Contested Food: The Politics of Waste 

The Future for Food: New Policies and new approaches to Food, Farming and Nature


Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities4422 x 2 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study132Reading: 6 hours/week
Guided Independent Study44Following the media: 2 hours/week
Guided independent study80Coursework preparation and completion

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).