This course seeks to comprehensively investigate public policy in the light of the fundamental impacts that processes of privatization and globalization have had on the problem solving capacity and responsibilities of governments, markets, NGOs and citizens. To make these challenges tangible, we will focus on the highly concrete substance of sugar. After reviewing some key theories and analytical tools for the analysis of public policy we will explore and connect public policy and food through a series of assignments that make use of the method of problem based learning (PBL). In the second part of the course we will shift our focus toward writing a policy memo for a stakeholder in food policy, be it a company, government or NGO, in which you advise them on the best way to tackle a food related public policy problem. Students will present and discuss their ideas in feedback sessions plans and preliminary findings, allowing them to further improve their memos. Towards the end of the course we will zoom out and explore the food system as a whole and seek to identify the levers that could make it more sustainable.
- Teacher: Herman Lelieveldt