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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies : Veterinary Sciences

Postgraduate Course: Interrelationships in Food Systems (VESC11200)

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 considers some of the rebounds and leakages involved in managing food systems. It considers some of the policy areas food systems need to respond to such as environmental impact, health, and equality.
Course description 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, and examine some of the interrelationships between food security and other policy goals (such as environmental protection).

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:  30
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 16/09/2024
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) 40%: Application of specific policy tool such as LCA, CBA, MACC to a given topic with provided data set. Analysis presented in a report. Maximum word count 1500 (SQF 11.2) LO3

Formative assessment: On line debates on relevant topics (SQF 11.4, 11.5) LO4

60%: A Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) on a topic of the students choice agreed on by the course organiser. REA is a useful method for policy makers, as well as an opportunity for students to develop critical analysis skills. Students will apply a recognised protocol. Maximum word count: 3000 (SQF 11.1, 11.2, 11.3) LO1,2 and 3
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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 (SQF 11. 1)
  2. An ability to critically analysis the potential impact of non-food security policies and processes on food security (SQF 11.3)
  3. An awareness of some key analytical methods for assessing interactions between policies (SQF 11.2)
  4. An analytical approach to framing and investigating questions about food systems (SQF 11.4 and .5)
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Course organiserDr Fiona Borthwick
Tel: (0131 6)50 7300
Course secretaryMs Stephanie Easton
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