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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. Increasing and maintaining levels of food security is one of the primary policy goals of governments both in developed and developing countries. 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 1a: Analysing the environmental impacts of production and consumption - Life-Cycle Analysis
4 Methods 1b: Applying life-cycle analysis to livestock products
5 Fisheries and food security
6 --Flexible Learning Week--
7 Organic and other alternative food production systems
8 Circular economy and food security
9 Methods 2a: Quantitative data analysis using R: Regression analysis I
10 Methods 2b: Quantitative data analysis using R: Regression analysis II
11 Methods 3: Quantitative approaches to modelling human behaviour - structural equation modelling
12 Using ecosystems markets to deliver food security and tackle the climate emergency
13 Assignment 2 ¿ poster presentations

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  40
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 2500 50%
Poster Presentation 50%
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 on food security interlinked to areas such as circular economy, ecosystems services, and climate change
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KeywordsFood Security Healthy Environment Global Change Environment
Course organiserDr Luiza Toma
Course secretaryMs Jennifer Gumbrell
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