YSS-33806 Interdisciplinary Themes in Food and Sustainability


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Group work3
Course coordinator(s)dr. TAP Metze-Burghouts
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. EWML de Vet
dr. ir. RA Groeneveld
dr. EA Iñigo
HL van Heijster
dr. TAP Metze-Burghouts
Examiner(s)dr. TAP Metze-Burghouts

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Bachelor Social Sciences


This course is part of the Master MSc program Management, Economics and Consumer Studies and aims to provide opportunities to students to acquire and practice interdisciplinary skills. Students will learn by doing in a simulation and in group work on a cross-cutting theme in the area of food and sustainability. In an initial joint track of the course, students will be introduced to social science and natural science perspectives on this theme, and to the opportunities and challenges of addressing it in an interdisciplinary way. Knowledge on these topics is tested through a self assessment. In the group work, students from consumer studies, business studies, or economics and governance with support of natural scientists will design their own interdisciplinary research proposal on a topic of choice within the theme of nanotechnology and food and packaging. Expert-lecturers and coaches support the work in small groups, and they will assess the proposal from a social science, natural science and interdisciplinary viewpoint. The final joint track brings the whole group back together in a second round of the simluation and a reflection-lecture. In a reflection paper students synthesize and reflect on what they have learned on interdisciplinary research.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the challenges and opportunities of interdisciplinary research;

- analyse contemporary food and sustainability issues from an interdisciplinary perspective;

- construct an interdisciplinary research proposal from an economic, business or consumer studies perspective that uses the natural science state of the art knowledge on the topic;

- compose summaries of academic literature on the research topic for both natural and social science experts;

- apply interdisciplinary research skills and design for an interdisciplinary research project.;

- critically assess how their own social science perspective (business studies, consumer studies or economics and governance) contributes to understanding the topic.


Lectures, simulation, group work (training of skills and composing an interdisciplinary research proposal), individual paper.


- ticket to class (digital self assessment: 80% correct answers)

- group interdisciplinary research proposal (60%);

- peer evaluation of group work (guided by coach) (20%)

- individual paper (20%).



Compulsory for: MMEManagement, Economics and Consumer StudiesMScA: Business Studies2MO, 3WD
MMEManagement, Economics and Consumer StudiesMScC: Economics and Governance2MO, 3WD
MMEManagement, Economics and Consumer StudiesMScB: Consumer Studies2MO, 3WD