Global Food Security (005GS)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Achieving food security for 10-billion people while reducing the environmental footprint of agriculture is a major challenge of the next century.

In this module, we discuss papers on the multiple dimensions of this challenge, including the biophysical, economic, nutritional, socio-political and institutional.

We take a global perspective on issues, drawing upon both global-scale research as well as case studies from different regions of the world to understand the geography of agricultural production, its environmental footprint and of malnutrition.

Key topics include:

  • global change and sustainable agriculture
  • what is food security?
  • globalisation: the economics, finance and trade of food
  • impact of climate change: mitigation and adaptation potential of agriculture
  • farm management: soil-water-fertilizers
  • livestock
  • emerging issues in food security: biofuels, GMOs, labels, diets, urban agriculture, organic agriculture, permaculture.


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


40%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)
60%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 36 hours of contact time and 264 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2017/18. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: