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Food Politics in the European Union

Organizing institution
University College Roosevelt, University College Roosevelt (UU)
Course code
Course fee
€ 695
Advanced bachelor level

Food Politics in the European Union is a two week summer course that examines the relevance of EU politics and policies for the production and consumption of food in the countries of the European Union. This is done via a case-based approach that focuses on the most pressing debates with respect to problems such as obesity, food security, fair trade, the environmental impacts of meat consumption, over-fishing, factory farming, organic vs. conventional farming, and animal welfare. The course includes two full day excursions to Brussels and farms in Middelburg respectively. Funded by the Erasmus+ program of the EU.

The two week course Food Politics in the European Union examines the most pressing problems with our food system and the way European Union policies affect these. The first two days introduce the course theme and the way the EU functions, subsequent course days use a problem based approach: We use the morning sessions to examine a specific food issue (sustainability, over-fishing, food safety, nutrition and health etc.) whilst in the afternoon session we analyze the role of EU policies and other policies in tackling these problems. A large number of guest lectures from both academia as from practice will help disseminate the latest insights on problems relating to food and the way EU food politics can address these. These lectures are supplemented by two excursions, one to Brussels to get first-hand knowledge on the practice of food politics and another one to different farms (from conventional to organic) in order to examine the impact that food politics have in practice. Participants can also take part in an optional early morning excursion to the Vlissingen fish-auction. Participants can opt to take part in a final exam in order to receive a grade for the course. Course materials are made available in advance through a dedicated website that participants can use to download and/or print course materials. The 2016 edition of this course has been highly evaluated by participants (an average of 9 on a scale from 1-10), who mentioned 'the quality and variety of the classes and trips', 'inspiring guest lecturers' and 'coherence of the program' as strong points.

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Students who in addition to a proof of participation also require a grade for this course can obtain this by taking part in a written two hour closed book exam at the end of the second week of the course.

Please indicate in your application whether you would like to take this final examination

Tags: food, social science, law, eu, european union, environment, sustainability, political science, interest groups, consumers

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dr Herman Lelieveldt


dr Herman Lelieveldt - University College Roosevelt
prof. dr Jale Tosun - Universitaet Heidelberg
dr Jeroen Candel - Wageningen University
dr Gerard Breeman - Leiden University
dr Henk Westhoek - Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
dr Iskander de Bruycker - University of Antwerp, Belgium
dr Inez Flameling - University College Roosevelt


The course is aimed at advanced bachelor students such as
- Social science majors interested in studying food issues and policy making, including the respective roles of the EU and national governments.
- Science majors wanting to learn more about the impact of politics and policy-making on food production and consumption.
- Law students and those aspiring to do a master in food law interested in learning more about the actual functioning of (EU) policy making in the domain of food politics.
The course may also be of interest to food professionals seeking to acquire a basic understanding on food politics and EU food policies.


The course aims to provide:
1) An overview of the formal design and actual functioning of the EU's core institutions including EU law and EU food law in particular.
2) A comprehensive overview of key EU policies with respect to food, such as the Common Agricultural Policy, the Common Fisheries Policy, policies to Food Security Policies food policy and food law and relevant decision-making processes at EU, national and international level.
3) A comprehensive understanding of the major issues facing consumption and production of food in the Western world with a view to human and ecological welfare.
4) The ability to analyze food policy and politics by making use of tools and insights from public policy analysis.


Two weeks of two seminars per day. First from 9:30-12:30 and second from 14:00-17:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 42 hours.

Two day-long excursions on Wednesdays: 16 hours.

Self-study: 48 hours (readings are accessible in advance of the course).

Students who want to earn a grade for the course can sign up for a written closed book exam with essay questions which will take place on Friday afternoon 14 July from 14.00-16.00 hrs.


• € 695 - Course + course materials
• € 1045 - Course + course materials + housing

Please note that the housing offered via UCR consists of student rooms and some rooms may have a shared use of bathrooms and toilets and kitchen facilities. Participants can also book housing independently through the internet or travel agencies.

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Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.


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Deadline for registration: 15 June 2017

Application closed