Food and the Environment

The American University of Rome

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Food and the Environment

  • Host University

    The American University of Rome

  • Location

    Rome, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Sustainability

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Any lower level course in International Relations, Economics, Management, Marketing, or Political Science.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The course addresses the key environmental and sustainability challenges faced by our contemporary food system, from production to processing, marketing, consumption and disposing of food. It reviews the historical developments of the agro‐food system and the identified challenges, framed through evidence and debates of the scientific communities and of civil society. The psychological, social, ethical and cultural factors influencing food consumption patterns and practices will also be examined. The potential solutions for more sustainable food production and consumption will be reviewed through the study of selected policies and regulatory frameworks at international and national levels.   The course may include a field‐trip. 

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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