AERD40130 Food Policy and Industry Responses

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module aims to foster an understanding of the regulation of the food industry from the farm through to the end consumer, including the rationale for government intervention, the means by which intervention takes place, and the impact of policy.

The topics to be covered will include:
- Rationale for government intervention in food markets
- Policy/regulatory mechanisms in the UK/EU
- Objectives, mechanisms and evaluation of selected contemporary food policy issues such as:
- Food security
- Market Power, competition, competitiveness
- International Trade Legislation
- Food safety
- Food quality
- Obesity, diet and health
- Environmental and ethical issues, sustainability

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Following the course, students should be able to critically appraise current and proposed interventions in food markets. More specifically students should be able to: Understand the rationale for Government intervention in the Food Industry; Understand the policy cycle; Critically appraise the effectiveness of different policy interventions; Identify appropriate interventions in the food industry; Understand the regulatory environment within which food businesses operate and the implications for these businesses

Indicative Module Content:

Agricultral Policy
Trade Policy
Environmental Policy
Food Waste
Market Power
Diet and Nutrition and policy to address these challenges
Food Regulation
Food Fraud

Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Essay type assignment relating to one of the topics covered in the module. Unspecified n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: Final written examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Essay type assignment relating to one of the topics covered in the module. Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The module assessment comprises two assignments with written individual feedback to be provided to students within 3 weeks of the assignment being submitted.

Tim Lang, David Barling and Martin Caraher. Food Policy: Integrating Health, Environment and Society Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Robert Paarlberg. Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know
Name Role
Dr James Breen Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 09:30 - 12:20

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