AERD30210 Food and Agricultural Policy

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module surveys the controversial policy framework under which the EU's farming sector operates. Key changes made to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) over time are identified, and some of the major effects of these reforms are assessed using economic analysis. Some potential future policy reforms are also discussed. Students will further develop their transferable skills in team working, researching, critical analysis and economic analysis. (Please note that current Irish agri-environmental policies are not discussed in great detail, since these are covered in other modules, including AERD 30030.)

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

(i) Explain how and why Europe's CAP has changed over time, from its design in the 1950s to the present day - in particular, the CAP reforms in 1992, 1999, 2003, 2008, 2013 and currently; (ii) Determine the effects of this ongoing policy reform on the operation of the agri-food sector in Ireland and the EU; (iii) Discuss selected potential future policy reforms; (iv) Further develop transferable skills in team working, researching, critical analysis and economic analysis.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

First year module in economics/agricultural economics.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Multiple Choice Questionnaire: MCQ exam (one hour) Unspecified n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire (Short): Online anti-plagiarism quiz (open book and developmental) Week 1 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: Policy advice Unspecified n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: PowerPoint slides preparation Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Suggested readings will be provided over the course of the module, including materials available online (e.g. blogs by agricultural economists; articles in the journal "EuroChoices").
Name Role
Anne Hayden Lecturer / Co-Lecturer