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Open Access Tackling Food System Challenges through Experiential Education: Criteria for Optimal Course Design

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Educating students to find sustainable solutions to food system challenges is a task that spans disciplines and contexts. Our two-week World Food System Summer School allows participants, specialists and stakeholders to learn from one another. We describe the conceptual framework for the course, elucidate the design criteria used and discuss challenges, aiming to support the development of education offerings in this space.
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Keywords: design criteria; education for sustainable development; food systems; higher education; short courses; summer schools

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2018

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