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Postgraduate Course: Frameworks to Assess Food Security (VESC11198)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will introduce students to global context for food security including: trends on population demographics and their impact on food demand, distributional issues (e.g., affordability and accessibility issues); food supply (availability) and the effect of technology and climate change; importance of trade for food availability and as a stabilisation mechanism. A number of food security methodologies will be used to analyse country and household level vulnerability to food insecurity
Course description Overview of food security
Food security concepts, frameworks and vulnerability assessment
The concepts and tools used in food security analysis are introduced.
Applications in developing and developed countries are outlined.
Methods to assess vulnerability are presented
Understanding food supply.
Food distribution and food security
Understanding food demand
Nutrition and food security
Poverty and food security
Globalisation and food Security
Sustainability of the food system and food security
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  40
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 05/08/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 50% - Group work assessment - The assignment will consist of an empirical vulnerability analysis applied to a specific country. Each group will be assigned a different country and is expected to prepare an analysis via the development of a shared document; this will include peer assessment and feedback (complete by end week 6) (SQF 11.2, 11.5) LO 3, 4 and 5.

50% - Essay - Students will be given the choice between at least three topic areas, these will be distributed at the beginning of the course and will focus on current issues in food supply chains. Students will submit a essay of no more than 2000 words (SQF 11.1, 11.3) LO 1 and 2
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have a critical understanding of the global context of food security including its political, economic, social and environmental components. (SQF 11.1)
  2. Be able to identify the main trade-offs that might exist between food security and other desirable goals.
  3. Be able to carry out independent and group research on food security issues and report on them. (SQF 11.2, 11.5)
  4. Be competent in constructing logically sound arguments and analysing scientific theories and data-generating methodologies. (SQF 11.2, 11.3)
  5. Have practical experience of at least one specialist area (e.g. analysis of food security or food supply chain analysis). (SQF 11.2)
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Course organiserDr Judith Okoth
Tel: (01316) 517300
Course secretaryMs Stephanie Easton
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