Specialization Certificate - Geographic Indications

UOC Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

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Specialization Certificate - Geographic Indications

UOC Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

In this course we consider the socio, cultural and political implications of geographic indication. Geographic indication (GI) protects local products and provides interesting marketing strategies, but they also run the risk of restricting and limiting change.

This specialisation consists of three modules: Social, Cultural and Political Considerations of GI; Tourism and GIs; and, Legal Considerations: Laws, Treaties and Agreements. We review the history of GIs and use case studies to consider the benefits and limitations of this type of certification. We then turn our attention of tourism and GIs, focusing on the importance of geographic indicators for tourist destinations and vice versa. Here students will examine specific cases, including Wine tourism in Napa Valley (California), the Oleoturism Olive Oil Route (Jaén, Spain), Scotland's Whiskey Trail and Les cuines of Vendrell (El Vendrell, Spain). Finally, we consider the legal considerations of geographical indicators including definitions, GIs as a form of intellectual property and a review of legal frameworks that govern GIs. We pay particular attention to GI laws in the European Union, the USA, Russia, China, Vietnam, India and Thailand.

This specialisation is taught by an interdisciplinary and international group of experts. With this training, students will understand different systems of geographic indication, how to apply for GI for a specific product and what the benefits and limitations of such a process could be for the producers, the community and the consumer.

This Specialisation in Geographic Indication can be taken as a stand-alone certificate, but it is also a mandatory part of the Master's in Food, Culture and Territory and the Postgraduate Programme in Food, Culture and Locality.


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.

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