Sustainability within food production, consumption
and waste sectors

Sustainable Food – Production, Consumption and Waste

Summer School

Learn about the ways in which sustainability is incorporated into, and works within, the Danish food chain. This will give you ideas for solutions to different parts of the food chain with a focus on sustainability, according to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals

About the programme

  • Facts and information

    Subject: Sustainable Food – Production, Consumption and Waste

    Duration: 4 weeks

    Dates: 27 July – 21 August 2020

    Language: English - please note that VIA University College requires students attending VIA Summer School to be fluent in English. All summer schools requires active participation both orally and in writing. This means students must have an English level of at least B2 (CEFR scale) upon arrival. You can find more information about language requirements here.

    Credits: 10 ECTS

    Academic level: BA level

    Prerequisites: Students must have completed 1 year of study at bachelor level. Students must be at least 18 years old to apply.

    Maximum enrolment: Maximum 40 participants. If there are more eligible applicants than available places, they will be distributed according to the first-come, first-served basis. 10 places are reserved for students who are studying outside of Denmark.

    Housing: VIA Summer School offers housing service. Read more here.

    Application deadline: 1 April 2020.

    Location: VIA University College, Campus Aarhus C, Ceresbyen 24, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

  • Content

    The summer school will give you knowledge on how to work with sustainability within the food production, consumption and waste sector 


    The objective of the summer school is to raise awareness of the importance of promoting sustainability within the food production, consumption and waste sector by introducing participants to the ways sustainability is incorporated into, and works within, the food chain at companies located in Denmark.


    Course preparation – participants will be required to complete a short assignment prior to the course commencing.

    By working from a problem-based perspective, participants will work with, and come up with, ideas for solutions to different parts of the food chain (e.g., farms, food companies and commercial kitchens).

    The focus of the course will be

    • Sustainability according to the UN’s 17 Sustainability Development Goals, focusing on the following goals:
      • Goal 2: Zero hunger
      • Goal 3: Good health and well-being
      • Goal 12 : Responsible consumption and production
      • Goal 13: Climate action
      • Goal 14: Life below water
      • Goal 15: Life on land
    • From field to fork (to waste)
    • Food production – primary sector (agricultural sector/fishing, etc.)
    • Food production – industry and institution
    • Sustainable meals 
    • Food waste
    The course structure will include:

    Field visits
    Guest lecturers
    Group work with selected food chain challenges formulated by companies working within the food chain (the external partners)
    Presentations of solutions to the challenges faced by the external partners

    Learning outcomes

    After completion students will have:

    Knowledge of and ability to understand and reflect on
    - theory and practice in diet, nutrition, food safety, food security, food policy and health policy (1)
    - the importance of contextual and structural factors for healthy lifestyles (4)
    - ethical problems, including sustainable use of resources and the environment (9)

    Skills to
    - use, assess and master interventions in order to promote sustainable healthy living for all and in all age groups (2)
    - assess and justify food and health policies in local, national, regional and international contexts, in order to achieve food safety and security and sustainable use of resources (4)

    Competencies to
    - independently work with and assume responsibility for innovative and creative solutions in order to promote sustainable healthy living (3)
    - identify their own learning needs, with a view to continuous professional growth, by reflecting on their own and others’ practices (6)
    - work with and independently communicate in various contexts, including in equal, dialogue-based and value-generating relationships, with people and inter-professional partners (7)

  • Tuition and fees

    Accommodation, meals, insurance, visa and travelling expenses are not included in the fee

    EU-citizens = 6300 DKK (app. 845 EUR)

    Non-EU citizens = 10300 DKK (app. 1380 EUR)


    Discount and tuition fee waivers

    Students from VIA, VIA's partner institutions abroad and other Danish institutions are eligible for tuition fee waivers for this course, if they can provide documentation for approval of credit transfer.

    Please contact VIA Summer School to learn more about other possibilities for discounts on this course.

    Course fee includes

    Classes and tuition
    Social programme including welcome and farewell events (we organise 2-3 events pr. week)
    Goodie bag with a map of Aarhus, a water bottle and a pen
    Personalised graduation certificate

    Accommodation, meals (food and drink), insurance, visa and travelling expenses to and from Denmark are not included in the fee.

    VIA Summer School offers housing service. Read more here.

    Note: This course is offered as a part of the regular bachelor programmes. Seats available after allocating seats to credit-transfer students from VIA University College, Danish Higher Educational Institutions and partner institutions are offered under the Empty-place Scheme and the rules of Danish Open University. You must meet the admission requirements for the degree programme under which the course is offered. If you have any doubt or questions regarding this please do not hesitate to contact VIA Summer School.

  • Contact

    You are always welcome to contact us, if you have any questions

    Use this form or contact us via the details below

    VIA University College

    Anna Kronborg Bell

    Project Manager

    VIA Summer School

    +45 87551505