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Nutrition and Human Rights (MAME 4530)

Students will gain insight into the relevance of human rights for food security, nutrition and health.

Aims and contents

The course provides an overview of the right to adequate food in the context of the promotion and protection of the international human rights. The course focuses especially on the relevance of human rights for food security, nutrition and health. The course further discusses the relationships between right-holders and duty-bearers, and especially obligations of the State in respecting, protecting and fulfilling the right to adequate food and nutrition-related health for all. The opportunities, constraints and future challenges to applying a rights-based approach to food and nutrition in development in contemporary globalisation will be discussed, and how this can be translated into action in selected countries, and by international institutions.

Read more about the course in the course description.

This course goes parallel to the course Research in health and nutrition communication (MAME 4310).


Application deadline

Applicants from the EU/EEA-area, Switzerland and the Nordic countries:

  • Spring semester: 1 October.
  • Autumn semester: 15 April.

Applicants from outside the EU/EEA-area:

  • Spring semester: 1 October.
  • Autumn semester: 1 March.

Admission requirements

Students who are admitted to Master studies within the following subject areas are eligible to apply for admission to the course: nutrition, health sciences, environmental studies, development studies, agriculture/food production, law, political science, anthropology, sociology and interdisciplinary master programmes involving any of these subject areas.

Minimum B2 level of English (must be documented).

Priority is given to students from partner institutions.

Are you not a student from one of our partner institutions? You can still apply for the course. See the Course overview for further information.

Programme information


MAME4530 Nutrition and human rights 26th of February - 6th of April, 2018 10 ECTS 1 semester Kjeller, Skedsmo English Semester fee: NOK 840.
No tuition fee for exchange students.

More about the programme

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