Global Food Security (005GS)
30 credits, Level 6
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
- emerging issues in food security: biofuels, GMOs, labels, diets, urban agriculture, organic agriculture, permaculture.
Teaching and assessment
We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.
Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
We’re planning to run this module in the academic year 2020/21. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
This module is offered on the following courses: