Netherlands, Utrecht

Food Politics in the European Union

when 4 July 2016 - 15 July 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 695

Food Politics in the European Union is a two week summer course that examines the relevance of EU politics and policies for the study of issues pertaining to the production and consumption of food in the countries of the European Union. The course accordingly combines an introduction to EU policy making, law and the implementation of EU policies with a substantive coverage of EU policies in specific domains (CAP, CFP, Food Risk regulation, labeling and nutrition) as well as an overview of key themes that drive the food politics agenda (environmental pollution, over fishing, animal welfare, health and obesity, food security, food safety).
The course will provide participants:
1) An overview of the formal design and actual functioning of the EU' core institutions including EU law and EU food law in particular.
2) A comprehensive overview of key EU policies with respect to food, such as the Common Agricultural Policy, the Common Fisheries Policy, policies to Food Security and food law and relevant decision-making processes at EU, national and international level.
3) A comprehensive understanding of the major issues facing consumption and production of food in Western world with a view to human and ecological welfare.
4) The ability to analyze food policy and politics by making use of tools and insights from public policy analysis.

Through making use of a large number of specialist guest lecturers ? both from academia as from practice - it allows for the dissemination of the latest insights on problems relating to food and the way EU food politics can address these. These lectures are supplemented by two excursions, one to Brussels to get first hand knowledge on food politics in practice and another one to different farms (from conventional to organic) in order to examine the impact of food politics in practice.

This course is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

Course leader

Dr. Herman Lelieveldt, University College Roosevelt

Target group

The course is aimed at advanced bachelor students such as
- Social science majors interested in studying food issues and policy making, including the respective roles of the EU and national governments.
- Science majors wanting to learn more about the impact of politics and policy-making on food production and consumption.
- Law students 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. Apart from a good command of academic English no prior background knowledge is required.

Course aim

The course will provide:
1) An overview of the formal design and actual functioning of the EU' core institutions including EU law and EU food law in particular.
2) A comprehensive overview of key EU policies with respect to food, such as the Common Agricultural Policy, the Common Fisheries Policy, policies to Food Security Policies food policy and food law and relevant decision-making processes at EU, national and international level.
3) A comprehensive understanding of the major issues facing consumption and production of food in Western world with a view to human and ecological welfare.
4) The ability to analyze food policy and politics by making use of tools and insights from public policy analysis.

Fee info

EUR 695: Course + course materials
EUR 1045: Course + course materials + housing

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