Birkbeck, University of London: Food, Politics and Society

InstitutionBirkbeck, University of London View institution profile
Department Politics
Web http://www.bbk.ac.uk/
Telephone 0203 907 0700
Study type Taught

Summary

Over the past few decades, questions about the production, supply, preparation, consumption and disposal of food have become central to our understanding of society and politics. With the rise of a global food market and of industrial agriculture - and the accompanying challenges of climate change, soil erosion and food scarcity - it is more urgent than ever to understand the complex interrelationship between food, politics and society.

Birkbeck's MSc Food, Politics and Society offers a comprehensive survey of the main themes in this area. You will study the theoretical background and real-world impact of key issues, including agricultural production, the sociology of consumption, food and the city, and the political ecology of our contemporary industrialised global food system. You will also explore the historical, sociological and political dimensions of nutrition and malnutrition, the regulation of food markets, struggles and conflict over food, and the cultural meanings of food.

The degree draws primarily from the field of food studies, but it is interdisciplinary and you will study approaches, ideas and texts from politics, theory, history, sociology, cultural anthropology and public policy.

This degree will be of interest to anybody working in, or planning to pursue a career in, food politics and food policy who wants to build their skills and knowledge to enhance their career prospects. It is also suitable if you want to undertake MPhil/PhD or professional research.

**HIGHLIGHTS**
- This course offers a unique approach to the study of food studies, food politics and food policy.

- You can follow your own interests, by choosing from a wide range of option modules, while also developing your research skills and undertaking a dissertation in an area that interests you.

- In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Politics at Birkbeck was ranked 17th in the UK.

- The Department organises a lively programme of seminars and conferences and is home to affiliated research centres, such as the Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life, which run seminars, conferences and other events where some of the world's best scholars present their latest research.

Master of Science - MSc (PG)

Birkbeck, University of London

 

 

Introduction
Birkbeck, part of the University of London, offers nearly 300 taught and research postgraduate programmes across arts and humanities, business and economics, law, science and social science. As an evening teaching specialist, Birkbeck offers its taught postgraduate courses between 6-9pm, with some courses available through distance learning. As with undergraduate courses, postgraduates can study full-time or part-time.

Home to 44 research and specialist institutes, Birkbeck is the sixth largest provider of taught postgrad courses for UK and EU students - some 44% of its 11,000-plus students are on postgrad programmes. Around 90% of its academics ...

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