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Postgraduate Course: Interrelationships in Food Systems (PGGE11166)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryFood 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.
Course description Wk Topic
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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 163 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. An understanding of what the unintended (or unstated) consequences of food security initiatives might be, and how these might be managed.
  2. An understanding of the potential impact of non-food security policies and processes on food security.
  3. An awareness of some key analytical methods for assessing interactions between policies.
  4. An analytical approach to framing and investigating policy questions
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Course URL http://www.drps.ed.ac.uk/21-22/dpt/cxpgge11166.htm
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsFood Security Healthy Environment Global Change Environment
Contacts
Course organiserDr Luiza Toma
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Email: Luiza.Toma@sruc.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Jennifer Gumbrell
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Email: Jennifer.Gumbrell@sruc.ac.uk
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