Global Food Security (005GSID)
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 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.
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.
20%: Coursework (Essay)
80%: Written assessment (Essay)
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.
This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. 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: