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Coastal Food Systems



Course format On-site

Course Description:

The course provides a critical exploration of current issues related to food security, food sovereignty, food justice, and food system sustainability and resilience. Employing the framework of economic geography, students will examine the complexities of both the production and value chain. This includes aspects of distribution, consumption and food waste disposal. A special focus is set on coastal communities. Participatory learning, community engagement and critical pedagogy are core course approaches.


Only for students in Coastal Communities and Regional Development (MA programme)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, a student:

  • can locate, critically evaluate and define information about coastal food systems.
  • can communicate (in written and oral form) the socio-cultural and ecological complexity of the food system from a geographical perspective.
  • can describe individual processes within the food system and situate these processes within the larger geographical context of the global food system.
  • has critically evaluated their own role within the context of the food system.
  • can discuss environmental sustainability in relation to social equity and food systems.


ISCED Categories

Conservation and environmental management