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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 module 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.


2019 Intake:

  • 3 June to 30 June

Key Information

Duration: 4 weeks
Time Commitment: This module 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 module is delivered in English. 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 module.
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.

Module 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 modules 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 module information will be provided to enrolled participants at the beginning of the study session.

  • Who is the Programme For?

    This module 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.
  • Studying Online

    This module 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 module 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 module and may include written assignment, journal entries, blogs, wikis, essays, surveys, reports, projects, discussions or multi-media presentations, for example.

    Participants who successfully complete the module will receive a Certificate of Completion and Statement of Results.

  • Campus Location

    Online only

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

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