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Students in the Food Systems and Governance Postgraduate Diploma programme will analyse systems that govern agriculture and food internationally.

The programme begins by exploring key issues in food studies, conceptualising food systems and contextualising the trade of agri-food commodities. Students will also learn skills and methods of research and policy analysis.

The programme then applies these competencies to an inquiry into international food law and the analysis of institutions and agreements such as the World Trade Organization, World Health Organization, Codex Alimentarius, International Organization for Standards, International Plant Protection Convention and the World Organization for Animal Health.

This programme also considers some of the socio-economic and cultural factors that influence the regulation of agri-food products including trade liberalization, genetic modification, distribution, food security, food sovereignty, public participation, globalisation, localisation and climate change. The objective of this programme is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to analyse issues related to international food governance so as to be more effective in their professional pursuits.

Objectives

The overall objective of the Postgraduate Diploma in Food Systems and Governance is to provide students with the tools and knowledge to analyse and understand:

  • Food systems and their role in society.
  • How food and agriculture are regulated nationally and internationally.
  • How agencies and institutions regulate agriculture and food nationally and internationally.

The Diploma also provide students with a framework for the exchange of knowledge, experiences, programs and viewpoints with other participants representing other universities, NGOs, the private sector and government.

Competencies

This programme will prepare you to meet the demand for knowledgeable and well-trained food systems analysts and leaders, by fostering practical and critical learning with an international perspective.

The courses are geared towards:

  • Individuals working in the agri-food sector
  • Public administrators
  • Policy analysts
  • Agri-Food consultants
  • Lawyers
  • Journalists specializing in food politics
  • Professional organizations, NGOs or international cooperation projects that address agri-food regulation and governance issues.

Providing students with the necessary tools for improving their employability, giving them the right to knowledge and education to be successful in the different occupations they will have during their lives, is a fundamental purpose of our postgraduate programmes.

Academic requirements

To be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma in Food Systems and Governance you must have a recognised university degree.

Students can still apply for the programme even if they do not have a university degree.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Food Systems and Governance is open to everyone with a good grasp of English. The UOC is an open university which means that even if you do not have a high school diploma or university degree you can still take our courses.

If you do not have a recognised university degree then you will receive an equivalency certificate instead of a degree.

Program taught in:
  • English

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