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HR933 - Challenges of Global Food Security

  • Module code: HR933
  • Module name: Challenges of Global Food Security
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Credit: 10

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Global food security, providing access for the world’s population to affordable, safe and nutritious food, is one of the major challenges of the 21st century. This module will provide an understanding of the elements that contribute to the food security agenda. An essential element of the module will be a critical review of current physical, political and biotic drivers. We will explore the strategies being deployed that influence food security including projected population changes, climate change, ecosystem servicers and resilience, disease and fossil fuel dependence. The module will present a global perspective.

Principal learning outcomes

On completion of this module participants will be able to: Evaluate the scale of the global challenge of food security. Evaluate critically the drivers of change in the context of food security. Communicate contemporary issues relating to international responses to food supply. Understand the scope of the components of the food security agenda thus providing a platform for subsequent modules on this course. Analyse the conflicting requirements of environmental protection and food production.

Timetabled teaching activities

Module duration (weeks): Throughout Terms 1 and 2 – mainly on Wednesdays Lectures: 16 h Seminars: 3 h Workshops: 6 h

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: HR933-10)
A3 (Assessed work only) Data handling exercise 40%
  Group presentation 30%
  1000 word summary of individual contribution 30%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate (D4A1) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Food Security (D4A3) - Year 1
Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Taught Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century (D4A2) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Integrative Bioscience (C1PK) - Year 1