Course Description

Course Name

Food Policy

Session: VRMS3122

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


This course surveys the rationales, instruments and practices of food policy. It provides an overview of the conceptual background, features and aims of food policies, and the regulatory frameworks in both developed and developing countries. The first part of the course discusses the different approaches followed and the disciplinary contributions to policy and practice from agriculture, public health, trade and environment perspectives. The influence of stakeholders and governance structures on policy formulation and implementation are also highlighted. The second part covers the evolution of food policies and regulations at the global, regional and national levels and their implications. In addition to long-standing concerns about food security and nutrition, the course will also emphasize the food system’s growing challenges related to public health, food justice and sustainable paths of global food production and consumption.

*Course content subject to change