B.Sc (Hons) Vegetarian Living Programme:
Concerns about the provenance and purity of the food we eat are widespread. The increasing prevalence of eating disorders and contemporary health problems such as obesity, cancer and cardiovascular disorders have heightened interest among health professionals in the issues related to diet and nutrition. The economic downturn in many developed countries has renewed concerns about the consequences of poverty, homelessness and nutritional deficiency while the stark contrast between the lifestyles of affluent societies and the life chances of people living in parts of the world that are regularly prone to drought and famine continue to fuel political and sociological debate across the globe. There is, moreover, a growing lobby of informed people who strongly believe that the irresponsible exploitation of the animal kingdom to satisfy human societies’ needs for food, drugs, cosmetics and luxury fashion accessories is ethically unacceptable. A lifestyle that embraces ethical farming, vegetarian diet, and respect for the environment and social justice is viewed by many people across the globe as the only credible approach for improving the wellbeing of individuals and societies.
The B.Sc (Hons) Vegetarian Living Degree is a comprehensive programme of learning. It will provide the student with the opportunity to explore the philosophical, ethical, ecological and cultural aspects of vegetarian living, and the skills to appraise the health benefits of a vegetarian diet. The student will emerge from this programme with an understanding of the complex social, economic and political implications of a worldview that embraces a holistic vegetarian way of living and of the new career options emerging in this field.