AP0618 - Food and Nutrition - Policy and Issues

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will reflect on current issues in the ever-changing world of food science and nutrition. The pace of development and change in the field will mean that the syllabus will change, evolve and respond to contemporary issues. The module will identify the scope of food policy, and assess who influences policy, inter-relationships and the dynamics that shape policy. It will allow you to understand and evaluate what is meant by policy in the food system, from farm to fork, and introduce major themes and key thinkers in food policy. The module will explore issues which impact at a global level, from Millennium Development Goals to environmental effect of food waste. You will review and assess current policies and develop your awareness of the following aspects:
Policy making process(es)
Policy in the UK, EU and world-wide
Food policy
Public health policy
Political influence

You will also increase your understanding of major trends in a consumer driven food system to include, economic and social factors across the wide spectrum of consumer groups. The emphasis of this aspect of the module will be in developing your on-going inquiry into the issues which will impact both on food industry and consumers and evaluation of the role of the media in communicating information of this type to the population.

How will I learn on this module?

You will attend and engage in lectures and seminars which will be used to discuss policy making agencies. The ways in which policies are formulated and their impact on populations will be developed by the in-class review of current case studies and ‘live’ policy consultations allowing for debate of the wider implications.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported in this module by the module tutor who will provide a lecture series designed to develop your knowledge and raise questions regarding changing policy and contemporary issues. Your learning will also be supported by the student-led discussions and debates in small group seminars. Directed independent study tasks will allow you to engage more widely with the subject matter.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Critically evaluate the scientific basis of a contemporary issue of interest relating to contentious issues in the current food arena
2. Appraise a current health, food or nutritional policy of relevance to a given country on a given issue.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Analyse and criticise appropriate published material from scientific and popular media sources of food related information
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Determine the complexity of conflicting factors involved in food choice and health behaviour

How will I be assessed?

Your learning on this module will be assessed via two coursework tasks; Component 1is an individual written assignment based on the evaluation of a food policy. This will ensure you can evaluate findings from literature and discuss their significance in the wider context [Learning outcomes 1 and 2].
Component 2 will be a written assignment, linked to lead lectures and seminars. The subject of this assignment will be to evaluate the scientific basis of a current food related issue. Progress will be discussed with tutors and peers allowing for formal formative feedback. This Component will allow the students to explore the scientific basis of contemporary issues and to contextualise the range of factors which influence consumer behaviour [learning outcomes 1, 3 and 4].

Feedback will be given during seminar sessions to allow students to reflect on their learning prior to submission of summative work.

Feedback will be provided verbally in class and where appropriate, general written feedback will be posted on eLP to support feedback written on summative assessment

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

This module gives students the opportunity to examine a number of current food policies, both in terms of how they are formulated and also the impact they have on a given population, with the focus on the UK within an international context. You will be encouraged to critically analyse relevant policies and their associated issues in relation to consumers, industry and Government. Lectures and seminars will introduce national and international policy makers and case studies will be used to illustrate the process of policy formulation and the impact that policies have in a wider context. Current and often contentious issues will be researched by the student allowing them to explore the scientific basis of popular claims. These issues will be discussed in a series of student-led seminars and this will also form the basis of the second component of the assessment.

Course info

UCAS Code BD46

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Applied Sciences

Location Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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