BSc minor Freedom from Hunger (WUFFH)

Freedom from Hunger is a core element of Freedom from Want, defined as one of the four fundamental freedoms defined by President Roosevelt as the foundation of human rights. Nevertheless man-made hunger still persists, not only in developing countries but also in developed countries. Food crises result from complex international dynamics and become manifest locally, where poverty traps, institutional fragility and conflict reproduce hunger and soil degradation.

Continue to an overview of the courses in this minor

The general aim of the BSc-minor is to understand the interplay between global and local factors in producing hunger and to design human rights-based responses to food crises. It comprises a comprehensive and scale-sensitive analysis of food crises, a thorough analysis of emergencies and the role of humanitarianism and a critical review of international human rights law and institutions.

The general structure of the minor is as follows:the course on “Food Crises: the Big Picture” sets the scene in period 1. In the same period students can choose to focus on a specific topic: state violence and human rights violations as causes and characteristics of food crisis (course: Law and Public Power), or humanitarian aid to cope with food crisis (course: Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction). The course on Global Food Security in the second period offers a multi-disciplinary and multi-level approach, whereas the course on Food, Nutrition and Human Rights focuses on the human right to food. To integrate knowledge and insights from all courses, students can follow the course ‘Integrated Freedom from Hunger’.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this minor students are expected to be able to:

  • assess complex relationships between global and local factors in the political economy of food crisis;
  • analyse food crisis situations and review interventions, including human rights-based interventions, humanitarianism and emerging policies like safety nets;
  • explain how (interactions between) biophysical and social processes at different levels contribute to and manifest themselves into food crisis;
  • understand and apply theories, analytical tools and methodologies on public power, politics of food, scaling and governance;
  • rethink international human rights law and to contribute to new conceptualization of freedom from hunger on the basis of analysis of food crisis, food politics and human rights in practices.

Target group

This minor is interesting for WU-students of the beta and gamma programmes BSc programmes:

  • BBN Forest and Nature Conservation
  • BIL International Land and Water Management
  • BLT Food Technology
  • BVG Nutrition and Health
  • BIN International Development Studies
  • BCL Communication and Life Science
  • BGM Health and Society
  • BEB Economics and Governance

Also for non-WU students of the BSc programmes sociology, anthropology, political science, international law, development studies, conflict studies and human rights studies at universities in the Netherlands and in other EU-countries.




First semester (period 1, 2 and 3)

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