Postgraduate Course: Interrelationships in Food Systems (PGGE11166)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Food security has been defined as when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life (World Food Summit Plan of Action, Rome, 1996, cited in Stamoulis and Zezza, 2003, p7). Increasing and maintaining levels of food security is one of the primary policy goals of governments both in developed and developing countries. However, food security policies can have significant wider impacts. This module will look at some key trends in food production and consumption, examine some of the interrelationships between food security and other policy goals and introduce several methods that can be used to investigate these interrelationships.
1 Introduction to module and module requirements. Review of key concepts.
2 Food security and climate change
3 Methods 1: Analysing the environmental impacts of production and consumption - Life-Cycle Analysis
4 Practical: applying life-cycle analysis to livestock products
5 Fisheries, aquaculture and food security
6 --Flexible Learning Week--
7 Food waste and food security: overview.
8 The global dairy industry: trends, drivers and challenges
9 Methods 2: Qualitative approaches - social network analysis
10 Methods 3: Quantitative approaches to modelling human behaviour - structural equation modelling
11 Methods 4a: Quantitative approaches to modelling human behaviour - Choice modelling
12 Methods 4b: Analysing choice data using R
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 33,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Assessment consists of two essays. The first essay is set early in the course in order that feedback can be provided before essay 2 is undertaken.
Length % of final mark
Essay 1 1500 30%
Essay 2 2500 70%
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- An understanding of what the unintended (or unstated) consequences of food security initiatives might be, and how these might be managed.
- An understanding of the potential impact of non-food security policies and processes on food security.
- An awareness of some key analytical methods for assessing interactions between policies.
- An analytical approach to framing and investigating policy questions
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Food Security Healthy Environment Global Change Environment
|Course organiser||Mr Michael MacLeod
|Course secretary||Mrs Elspeth Martin
Tel: 0131 535 4198