ACE3066 : Food Policy and Evaluation

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of how food policy is formulated and implemented as well as what is its impact on consumers and businesses.

After successful completion of this module, students should have acquired an appreciation of:

•       The importance of food policy modern societies
•       The links between food policy and food security
•       The institutions that govern food policy
•       The difference between agriculture and food policy
•       The economic concepts and frameworks relevant to food policy
•       The food policy instruments
•       How different policy options are designed and evaluated
•       The impact of food policies in business and consumer choices

Outline Of Syllabus

i)       Introduction and context

The module starts with an introduction to food policy. The first three classes cover:

•       What is food policy?
•       The Nature and Scope of Food Policy
•       Agricultural policy

ii)       Economic foundations and tools for food policy

In this section of the module we introduce economic frameworks used to assess policies, namely benefit cost analysis. Relevant lectures:

•       Introduction to welfare and policy analysis
•       Economic tools for policy assessment

iii)       Food policy instruments and Policy evaluation

Governments have a several options to guide food policy. This section of the module will cover some of these options. Relevant lectures:
•       Food quality standards
•       Food taxes and subsidies
•       Food safety and nutrition
•       Evaluating food policies: Principles and practice

iv)       Current issues

This section of the module aims to discuss current issues of food policy. We will have two tutorials addressing contemporary issues, for example:
•       Tackling obesity: the role of nutritional labelling policies
•       Food security and trade policy: GM products and Trade

NB. The last section of the module is only indicative as each year the topics may change.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Preparation of written assignment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading28:0016:00Preparation for tutorials using set reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical21:453:30Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching92:0018:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study110:0010:00Revision for and completion of Semester 2 examination
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study137:3037:30Research and reading on module topics beyond the assignment material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Delivery of the module is through a tutorial format where the theoretical framework for confronting contemporary food policy issues is introduced and extended through student led discussion on pre-assigned reading. Private study focuses on set reading to enhance students understanding of the issues discussed in tutorials and for preparation of the assessments.
Interpersonal communication is encouraged through tutorial discussions.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination602A40Multiple Choice Questions
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M20Reading Summary (1000 words)
Written exercise2M20Reading Summary (1000 words)
Written exercise2M20Reading Summary (1000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The multiple choice examination assessment method will test knowledge, the application of module material, and problem solving skills.

The reading summaries will allow students to critically analyse a food policy issue of their choice.

Reading Lists