The Specialisation in Food Systems Analysis provides students with a strong understanding of the main issues facing food systems today, including sustainable and local food systems, seeds, nutrition, gender, ecology, social movements, economics, globalisation and localisation.
Course Studies in Food and Beverage Studies in Barcelona in Spain. The Specialisation in Food Systems Analysis provides students with a strong understanding of the main issues facing food systems today, including sustainable and local food systems, seeds, nutrition, gender, ecology, social movements, economics, globalisation and localisation. Students consider theories and critiques of trade liberalisation and food governance. Finally, students are introduced to research methods that will allow them not only to effectively undertake research on questions related to food systems, but also to undertake policy analysis. This specialisation is taught by an international group of experts. With this training, students will be better prepared to understand, analyse and address issues linked to our food systems across a variety of sectors.
This Specialisation in Food Systems Analysis can be taken as a stand-alone certificate. It also makes up a mandatory part of the Master's in International Agri-Food Governance and the Postgraduate Diploma in Food Systems and Governance.
To provide students with the tools and knowledge tot 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.
To provide a framework for the exchange of knowledge, experiences, programmes and viewpoints among players, including other universities, researchers, professionals, civil service, private sector and government.
Comprehensive understandign of food systems in a local, regional and global context.
Awareness of the role that food plays across cultures, historically and in contemporary societies.
Understanding of the relationships between economics, environment, society, culture and agri-food policy.
Capacity to apply theory and knowledge to policy analysis.
Competence in approaching a research problem in the area of food systems.
Competence in articulating a research question, data collection and articulating research results.
Competence in critically evaluating research.
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 Systems Analysis 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 Systems Analysis 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.