University of Exeter: Food Studies

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Department Sociology
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This programme will prepare you to understand, critically assess, and practically engage with foodways and food systems.

The programme gives foundation to comparative understanding of foodways and food systems in industrialised and non-industrialised societies, and the relation of each of these to global forces.

Core modules provide interdisciplinary perspectives drawing from fields including archaeology, classics, history, anthropology, sociology, geography, and political economy. You will survey the historical development of agriculture and food - from the agricultural revolution, to the industrialisation of agriculture and food manufacturing, to the globalisation of food. You will develop an understanding of the place of agriculture and food in the constitution of social identities and institutions - from the family, to social classes and ethnic groups, to the nation. And you will analyse the workings of mainstream and alternative food systems and food chains - from production and processing, to trade and retail, to preparation and service, to consumption and waste.

Optional modules allow you to develop focused expertise in areas such as sustainable food production, health and nutrition, community development, education, or business and social enterprise. You may prepare for further research by taking optional modules in theory and methods in a range of disciplines. An optional placement or internship will afford you the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and to develop networks, while the dissertation will provide you with the chance to acquire expertise in a particular area of study and to develop research and writing skills.

Through these varied forms of study, you will actively engage with vibrant food, farming and fishing sectors in Exeter and the Southwest of England.


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