Netherlands, Middelburg

Food politics in Europe

when 1 July 2013 - 12 July 2013
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 795

This course examines food politics and policies in Europe and the European Union by addressing the current issues pertaining to the production and consumption of food.
This is highlighted through a case-based approach that focuses on the most pressing debates with respect to these problems of human welfare (eg obesity and other non-communicable diseases, food security, fair trade), ecological welfare (environmental impacts of meat consumption overfishing, factory farming, organic vs conventional farming) and animal welfare (treatment of animals in food production).

These issues are studied using the tools of public policy analysis and with a keen eye to identifying actors, issues and interests that are at stake in all phases of the policy cycle (agenda setting, decision-making, implementation and evaluation).

Course activities consist of (guest)lectures, student presentations and discussions, excursions and independent reading to prepare these activities.

A set of mandatory readings will be made available to students.

Course leader

Dr. H. Lelieveldt

Target group

Advanced bachelor students with a background /interest in food politics/food policy/public policy/ environmental sciences/food science

Course aim

1) Comprehensive understanding of the major issues facing consumption and production of food in 1) Comprehensive understanding of the major issues facing consumption and production of food in Western world with a view to human, ecological and animal welfare issues
2) gain a basic knowledge and understanding of the of food policy and food law and relevant decision-making processes at national, EU and international level
3) gain the ability to analyze food policy by making use of tools and insights from public policy analysis

Credits info

4 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 795: Course + course materials

Housing can be booked on request. The prices range from € 140 – € 160 per week depending on the type of accommodation. If you wish to make use of UCR housing, please send an email to


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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