Coastal Food Systems

The course provides a critical exploration of current issues related to food security, food sovereignty, food justice, and food system sustainability and resilience.

Within discussions of food security and sustainability, considerable attention is placed on farming and other land-based systems of food production. This class allows students to look more closely at various facets of the food system – from production, distribution to nutrition – within coastal regions. A key assignment is a value chain analysis in which students get to trace the progress of a coastal food of their choosing from ocean/lake to plate and beyond. The course also features numerous opportunities for experiential learning including field trips to local fish plants/ retail outlets/ community gardens, guest lectures, and hands-on activities with peers in class. This is paired with opportunities for reflection so students can bring together the theory and action of food systems change.


Prerequisites: Completed undergraduate studies, regardless of whether BA, BSc, BEd, or other equivalent study. It is important for applicants to have a good knowledge of English, as all teaching takes place in English.

Course details

Academic level(s)Master
Language of instruction
InstitutionUniversity Centre of the Westfjords
Begin date03.05.2021
End date14.05.2021
Registration deadline01.04.2021
ECTS credits4.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studySociology and cultural studiesFisheries
Teaching placeÍsafjörður, Iceland
Tagscommunitiesfoodmarine food supply chaincoastal areas
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