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Food Ethics from Field to Fork: what happens in the global food chain and why it matters.

How, if at all, can we transform our global foodways for a sustainable future?

Join us for this thought-provoking journey through the realities, myths and challenges associated with our ‘global food chain’.  This four-week unit will aim to enhance your understanding of the complexities associated with the often romanticised journey that food makes on its way from farm to fork, and the associated (social/ political/ environmental/economic) issues that arise.

Debate some of the hot topics affecting our food supply chain and how they interact.  Expand your own understanding of the key causes and consequences within a ‘future of food’ context.

The goal is to provide you with a working understanding of various perspectives of the global food chain, so that you can keep asking the hard questions, and working towards making a difference that meets the needs of food producers, consumers, the community and the environment.

This unit of study is from the Le Cordon Bleu Professional Certificate issued by Le Cordon Bleu La Fondation. It can be studied as a single unit or part of the full course.

Intake: TBC

Key Information

Duration: 4 weeks
Time Commitment: This unit of study requires at least 3-4 hours a week. This includes weekly readings, completing assignments, watching video lectures, and participating in online class discussions.
Tuition fees: USD$600
English proficiency: This unit of study is delivered in English. As this is a non-award unit of study no proficiency level is officially required. Participants will have to make the decision about their own capacity (English-proficiency or otherwise) to undertake the course.  Le Cordon Bleu Professional Learning recommends IELTS of no less than 6.0 to gain the full benefits of undertaking this unit of study.
Pre-requisites: This is a unit of study with no pre-requisites. No prior knowledge or experience is required, though a passion for food ethics and enthusiasm for learning is recommended.
Study requirements: You must have high quality internet to access this unit of study.

Unit Information

  • Course Structure

    Structured Online Learning: 2 hours per week.

    Online Live Video Chat with lecturer/other students: 1 hour per week.

    On Completion of this unit, students should be able to:

    • Differentiate between various food issues in the supply chain
    • Critically analyse specific issues in the food supply chain
    • Write critically about issues we face
    • Demonstrate skills in challenging norms
    • Apply appropriate research methods for critical writing

    Course Overview

    • Topic 1: Why we are where we are.
    • Topic 2: Value versus welfare.
    • Topic 3: A World Without Bees.
    • Topic 4: Supermarkets friend or foe?
    • Topic 5: Waste not, want not.
    • Topic 6: Our future in our past.

    Disclaimer: Online offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details. Le Cordon Bleu employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. Le Cordon Bleu academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, learning modes and materials may change. The most current unit information will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

  • Who is the Programme For?

    This unit of study will benefit individuals working as:

    • Food writers
    • Bloggers
    • Food artists and activists
    • Those working in, studying, or dealing with food hardship and poverty, food cultures, or gastronomy
    • Anyone involved in their local food systems - from bakers to farmers to chefs, small/ medium food business and restaurant owners.
  • What Qualification Will I Gain?

    A Statement of Attainment will be issued upon successful completion of this unit of study. This unit of study is part of Le Cordon Bleu Professional Certificate that will be issued be Le Cordon Bleu La Fondation.

    Participants who successfully complete this unit of study will be granted 4 credit points towards the Le Cordon Bleu Professional Certificate.


  • Studying Online

    This unit will be delivered via Le Cordon Bleu's easy-to-use ENGAGE learning portal with supportive learning resources and state-of-the-art audio and video conferencing software that produces a rich and interactive learning environment.

    Throughout the unit facilitators will encourage individual inquiry and reflection. Specialist lecturers will be invited to participate on relevant topics.

    The ENGAGE portal also includes helpful information sites that provide access to resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to you succeeding in your studies.

  • Assessment

    Assessment methods vary by unit and may include written assignment, journal entries/wikis, essays, surveys, reports, projects, discussions or multi-media presentations.

    Assessment is optional and participants can undertake the unit without completing the assessment components. These participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

    Participants must successfully complete all unit assessment components in order to receive the Le Cordon Bleu Professional Learning Statement of Attainment.

  • Course Credit

    Recognition of Prior Learning/ Course Credit may be granted towards the Professional Certificate and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. A maximum of 16 credit points will be granted for any one individual.

    Applicants will need to apply for Academic Course Credit

  • Campus Location

    Online only

    This unit is offered online using Le Cordon Bleu's easy-to-use ENGAGE virtual learning environment.

  • Term Dates & Apply
    Note: Please enroll using your full correct name as per your identification. The name on your passport/ identification will be used for your student records and on all official documentation issued by Le Cordon Bleu as a result of your study.

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