The Specialisation in Food and Society proposes an interdisciplinary exploration of the role that food plays in society and the role society and culture play in shaping food choices.
Course Studies in Food Sciences in Barcelona in Spain. The Specialisation in Food and Society proposes an interdisciplinary exploration of the role that food plays in society and the role society and culture play in shaping food choices. The way we produce and eat food has shifted rapidly over the last century, spurred on by new technologies, industrialisation, urbanization and globalisation. But some things remain the same: food is one of the first essentials of life, the world's largest industry, a frequently indulged pleasure and is often at the core of our social relationships.
This course is comprised of four modules: The Food of History; Anthropology of Food Globalisation; Food and Communication; and, Food, Heritage and Tourism. Focus in this specialisation is on the role that food plays in our communities and societies, how we are influenced and impacted by food and in turn, how food is impacted by us.
This Specialisation is taught by an interdisciplinary and international team of experts. With this training, students will understand the history of food, up to the way that food is currently interpreted, eaten (diets and nutrition) and marketed.
This Specialisation in Food and Society can be taken as a stand-alone certificate. It also makes up a mandatory part of the Master's in Food, Culture and Territory and the Postgraduate Diploma in Food, Culture and Locality.
The Specialisation in Food and Society is also an elective in the Master's in Food, Society and International Food Governance.
To look at food and food systems from a historical point of view.
To identify and analyze events and phenomena that can be used as case studies to add further depth to the examination of present-day issues that might constitute the student's specific interests.
To acquire a set of analytical tools in terms of concepts and methodologies that students will be able to apply to their specific field of research or professional activity, which include: How to frame historical questions related to food and food systems; How to take into account the multiple ways of approaching food history; How to define what makes research on food history rigorous; How to develop a language for communicating research so that it has a larger impact.
To acquire analytical tools to achieve a better understanding of how food operates as a system of communication and, at the same time, how food-related communication and media represent food.
To not only examine food-focused media such as cookbooks, magazines, cooking shows, films, and the internet, but also the communication practices connected with marketing (advertising, packaging, and design), health (dieting, nutrition, food safety) and socio-political issues (sustainability, biodiversity, food security, food sovereignty).
To examine how food is employed in various media for all kinds of different goals, even when their main focus is not food (cultural and identity wars, environment, climate change, social inequality etc.).
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 NGOs and community organizations that address issues related to food, and agriculture.
Individuals working in the agri-food sector.
Journalists specializing in food politics.
Professional organisations or international cooperation projects that address issues linked to food and agriculture.
Students wishing further education on issues of agri-food governance.
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.
Food and Society students typically have backgrounds in a field related to the agri-food sector, or an academic background in anthropology, economics, environmental studies, development, public health, agriculture or sociology.
The programme attracts people who wish to specialise in the agri-food sector, as well as those interested working in this field. Many already have work experience in the agri-food sector and are looking to broaden their knowledge and skills so as to advance their careers.
Materials will be in English and will include written course materials, relevant websites, academic articles, books and magazine articles, among others.
Students can still apply for the programme even if they do not have a university degree.
The Specialisation in Food and Society 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.
The course materials and teaching language is English. A strong grasp of English is required for this programme.
Once the overall assessment process has been completed successfully, the UOC will issue a Master Diploma/ Postgraduate Diploma/Specialization Certificate to those participants with an accredited university qualification that is valid in Spain.
Should you not have such a qualification, a Certificate will be issued.