Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

Global Food Security

Module 005GS

Module details for 2017/18.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

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 will discuss papers on the multiple dimensions of this challenge, including the biophysical, economic, nutritional, socio-political, and institutional. We will take a global perspective on the 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. Below is a list of key topics to be covered:
- Global Change and Sustainable Agriculture
- What is food security?
- Globalization: The economics, finance, 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

Module learning outcomes

Evaluate the main dimensions, metrics and indicators of food security.

Understand and evaluate the different dimensions to food security using the current literature in global sustainable food security

Recognise the significance, assumptions, and limitations of arguments related to these dimensions of global food security and their applicability over time and across space

Define and differentiate types of sustainable agriculture systems (e.g. conservation agriculture, organic, permaculture, climate smart agriculture, etc.) their origins, and advantages and disadvantages

Formulate academic arguments about contemporary food-security related issues and present them in written and/or oral form (ESS 2500 words, GPN)

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT2 Week 2 10.00%
EssayT2 Week 3 10.00%
EssayT2 Week 4 10.00%
EssayT2 Week 5 10.00%
EssayT2 Week 6 10.00%
EssayT2 Week 7 10.00%
EssayT2 Week 8 10.00%
EssayT2 Week 9 10.00%
EssayT2 Week 10 10.00%
EssayT2 Week 11 10.00%
Essay (4000 words)Semester 2 Assessment Week 1 Thu 16:0080.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterWorkshop3 hours11111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Miss Emilia Roycroft

Assess convenor

Dr Pedram Rowhani


Dr Fae Dussart

Assess convenor

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