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Food Politics in the
European Union
Food Politics in the European Union is a two week summer
course where you study the politics and policies of food
issues in Europe. The course provides an overview of the
key themes that drive the food politics agenda such as
environmental pollution, overfishing, animal welfare, health
and obesity, food security and food safety. It examines EU
policies and the way these are shaped by national and
international levels of government.
The course will provide participants with:
1. A comprehensive understanding of the major issues
facing consumption and production of food in the
Western world by looking at human and ecological
welfare and the roles of different levels of government
and governance.
2. An overview of key EU policies (such as the Common
Agricultural Policy, the Common Fisheries Policy,
food safety and health regulations, food security)
and the role of EU institutions (Council, Commission,
European Parliament).
3. An understanding of the roles of citizens, NGO’s and
businesses in influencing and implementing policies.
The course is taught by several specialists – both academics
and professionals. Next to the lectures, there will be two
excursions. The first excursion brings us to Brussels
where we meet different policymakers to study a specific
food dossier (such as GMOs or rules on food labels). The
second to organic, conventional, and urban farms as well
as a local food bank, to examine the impact of food policies
in practice.
Food Politics in the
European Union
The course is aimed at:
-- Anyone interested in studying food issues and policy
making, including the respective roles of the EU and
national governments.
-- Anyone wanting to learn more about the impact
of politics and policy-making on food production and
-- Those aspiring to do a master in food law interested
in learning more about the actual functioning of (EU)
policy making in the domain of food politics.
Language of instruction and readings: English.
The course is taught at an advanced bachelor level.
COURSE LEADER: Dr. Herman Lelieveldt, University College
STUDY LOAD: Two seminars per day. The first from 9:30-12:30
and the second from 14:00-17:00. Wednesdays are reserved for
the excursions.
LOCATION: University College Roosevelt, Middelburg, the
PERIOD: 04 July 2016 – 15 July 2016
COURSE FEE: € 695 (Course + course materials)
HOUSING: Housing in student dorms is available upon request