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GD304 - Food Systems: Security, Sovereignty and Sustainability

  • Module code: GD304
  • Module name: Food Systems: Security, Sovereignty and Sustainability
  • Department: Global Sustainable Development
  • Credit: 15, 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module is taught in collaboration with active researchers from across various disciplines at Warwick University, especially those involved in the university's Global Research Priority on Food. The module aims to examine the relationship between Food and Sustainability using theories and methods from the sciences, social sciences and humanities. The module engages with, and reflects on, the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger and Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption, Production. Specifically, the module examines Food Security, The Human Impact on the Environment, Food Aid, Social Justice, Capitalism and Food Resourcing and the Relationship between Food and Religion.

Principal learning outcomes

Upon completing this module students will: • Be familiar with contrasting disciplinary approaches to the investigation of contemporary food systems. • Be able to articulate and analyse scholarly concerns surrounding food security, sovereignty, and sustainability. • Be able to evaluate contrasting solutions proposed in response to the problems entailed by needing to feed the planet. • Be able to research, evaluate and synthesize academic and other credible research and analysis to critically respond to essential topics and questions. • Be able to demonstrate further development of their research and study skills.

Timetabled teaching activities

Full Year variant: 20 x 2-hour workshops; regular guest lectures, talks and film screenings (16 hours) and 2 x field trips (8 hours per trip) One Term only variant: 10 x 2-hour workshops per week; regular guest lectures, talks and film screenings (8 hours) and 1 x field trip (8 hours)

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/schoolforcross-facultystudies/gsd/currentstudents/modules/foodsystems/

Other essential notes

This module is available at both 30 CATS (terms 1, 2 and 3) and 15 CATS (either Term 1 or Term 2 only)

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: GD304-15)
A (Assessed work only) Workshop participation credits 10%
  Group poster presentation 15%
  Mid-module reflection (500 words) 5%
  Group Presentation (15 minutes) 15%
  Assessed essay (4500 words) 50%
  End of module reflection (500 words) 5%
A1 (Assessed work only) Workshop participation credits (Term 2 variant) 10%
  Group presentation (Term 2 variant) 30%
  Problem-based real world task - 2500 word (Term 2 variant) 50%
  End of module reflection - 500 words (Term 2 variant) 10%
30 CATS (Module code: GD304-30)
A (Assessed work only) Workshop participation credits 10%
  Group poster presentation 15%
  Mid-module reflection (500 words) 5%
  Group Presentation (15 minutes) 15%
  Assessed essay (4500 words) 50%
  End of module reflection (500 words) 5%
A1 (Assessed work only) Workshop participation credits (Term 2 variant) 10%
  Group presentation (Term 2 variant) 30%
  Problem-based real world task - 2500 word (Term 2 variant) 50%
  End of module reflection - 500 words (Term 2 variant) 10%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Life Sciences and Global Sustainable Development (C1L8) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Psychology and Global Sustainable Development (C8L8) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Economic Studies and Global Sustainable Development (L1L8) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Global Sustainable Development (L2L8) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Sociology and Global Sustainable Development (L3L8) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Global Sustainable Development and Business (L8N1) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate History and Global Sustainable Development (V1L8) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Global Sustainable Development (V5L8) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Theatre and Performance Studies and Global Sustainable Development (W4L8) - Year 2
Optional

N/A