408232 SE Rural and Regional Sociology 2: Introduction to Agro-Food Studies

winter semester 2016/2017 | Last update: 25.01.2017 Place course on memo list
SE Rural and Regional Sociology 2: Introduction to Agro-Food Studies
SE 2

On completing the advanced seminar you should be able to:

·         Understand how the historical development of industrial farming has contributed to environmental degradation

·         recognise the need for an interdisciplinary approach in order to examine environmental changes related to food production and consumption

·         use a range of concepts to interpret a variety of food related initiatives and practices

·         develop skills in evaluating arguments about food-related issues

·         recognise and evaluate the potential effects of your own and others' actions in terms of environmental sustainability

·         develop an analytical framework for approaching the main seminar question ‘How can we make a difference?’


The seminar addresses the challenge that food production and consumption poses to the global environment. Now that agriculture has become so significant in environmental change, it is becoming increasingly clear that different ways of providing food have different environmental consequences. Using examples from across the food supply chain, you’ll explore the implications of this and evaluate why food has become such a key focus for those attempting to shift patterns of production and consumption in more sustainable directions.

We produce food, we cook it and we eat it. Food is very much an economic issue; while many people grow the food they eat, most people buy their food. This seminar will show that how and what we eat is also shaped by social, cultural and emotional processes which, in turn, shape our environment.


The seminar will combine traditional lectures aimed at introducing theories, concepts and debates, interactive sessions in which you will work with audio-visual materials (films, clips, audio programmes) either as an individual or as a member of group; and presentations of case studies and ensuing discussions.





The assessment will comprise three components, two individual and one group work:

·         50% reflection paper (individual)

·         25% presence and participation in sessions and debates (individual)

·         25% research and analysis of a food initiative case study (group work)[P1] 

 [P1]Markus, is this what you’d expect?



positive completion of the compulsory module according to § 5 Para 1 No 10

see dates
Group 0
Date Time Location
Fri 2016-11-25
11.00 - 12.30 SR 8 (Sowi) SR 8 (Sowi) Barrier-free Einführungsveranstaltung
Fri 2017-01-20
13.00 - 18.00 SR 4 (Sowi) SR 4 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Sat 2017-01-21
09.00 - 16.30 SR 4 (Sowi) SR 4 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Fri 2017-01-27
09.00 - 12.00 SR 5 (Sowi) SR 5 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Fri 2017-01-27
13.00 - 18.00 SR 5 (Sowi) SR 5 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Sat 2017-01-28
09.00 - 16.30 SR 2 (Sowi) SR 2 (Sowi) Barrier-free