Module "Issues and methods in food business research"

MSc International Food Business and Consumer Studies
MSc Sustainable International Agriculture


In this module, we address the more contemporary debates and developments of food business theory and research. We explore, examine and discuss contrasting perspectives of contemporary issues of food business, from a practical and policy-oriented perspective, as well as from a theoretical point of view. We also investigate the research methods applied in food business studies. A particular interest lies in the advancement of knowledge in responsible and sustainable food business.

Learning goals

The aims of the module are:

  • To develop students’ ability to analyse and evaluate management practices and discourses in the food sector according to multiple theoretical perspectives;
  • To appreciate contrasting perspectives;
  • To develop students’ critical skills and to enable them to engage with current debates in food business research;
  • To introduce students to empirical research in the field of international food business;
  • To support students in the development of their dissertation and project work (e.g. constructing research questions about food business).

Learning methods

Lectures and group discussion

Method of assessment

Oral presentation (presentation with written report and with hand-out, 100% of overall assessment)

Further information

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