- Module code: HR933
- Module name: Challenges of Global Food Security
- Department: School of Life Sciences
- Credit: 10
Module content and teaching
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
Subject knowledge and understanding: By the end of the module the student should be able to evaluate the scale of the global challenge of food security; By the end of the module the student should be able to evaluate critically the drivers of change in the context of food security. Key Skills: By the end of the module the student should be able to communicate contemporary issues relating to international responses to food supply. Cognitive Skills: By the end of the module the student should be able to understand the scope of the components of the food security agenda thus providing a platform for subsequent modules on this course. Subject-Specific/Professional Skills: By the end of the module the student should be able to analyse the conflicting requirements of environmental protection and food production. Oral communication skills: Working with others.
Timetabled teaching activities
Lectures per module 15 hours; Seminars per module 4 hours; Syndicate time per module 6; Workshop 3.
|Assessment group||Assessment name||Percentage|
|10 CATS (Module code: HR933-10)|
|A (Assessed work only)||Data Handling & Data Summary Assignment (1000 words)||40%|
|Group Seminar Presentation & 1000 word Summary of Individual Contribution||60%|
This module is available on the following courses:
- Postgraduate Taught Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate (D4A1) - Year 2
- Postgraduate Taught Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century (D4A2) - Year 2