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RN5506: SUSTAINABLE DIETS AND GLOBAL FOOD SYSTEMS (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

This course will explore the complex nature of sustainable diets and how they can be achieved in a global food system. Sustainable diets are needed to tackle some of the biggest global challenges, such as poor dietary health, climate change and environmental degradation, and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It will address the multidimensional complexity of sustainable diets, that includes nutrition, environmental impact, culture and society, and economics, and explore the challenge of combining these attributes into a single entity.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Jennie Macdiarmid

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course will illustrate the need for sustainable diets, describe the complexity and multidimensional nature of them, and the challenges of achieving them in a global food system. Students will learn about why sustainable diets are needed, what they comprise, and how different attributes, such as nutrition, environment, culture and economics, are factored in to their design at both an individual and global level.  The course will discuss synergies, trade-offs, and the solutions and compromises across the different attributes, as well as the external influence of the global food system.


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Class Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks 31 Feedback Weeks 34

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Computer-based test made up of mixed question types. Feedback provided via MyAberdeen.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyExplain the complexity of sustainable diets, the different attributes they are comprised of and how they are combined into a single entity (synergies and trade-offs).
ConceptualUnderstandDescribe the need for sustainable diets both nationally and globally.

Report: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
Assessment Weeks 35 Feedback Weeks 38

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10 minute video presentation responding to case study / scenario

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyExplain the complexity of sustainable diets, the different attributes they are comprised of and how they are combined into a single entity (synergies and trade-offs).
ProceduralEvaluateEvaluate the drivers and challenges of achieving sustainable diets.
ProceduralEvaluateJudge external influences of a global food system in delivering sustainable diets.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandDescribe the need for sustainable diets both nationally and globally.
ConceptualApplyExplain the complexity of sustainable diets, the different attributes they are comprised of and how they are combined into a single entity (synergies and trade-offs).
ProceduralEvaluateEvaluate the drivers and challenges of achieving sustainable diets.
ProceduralEvaluateJudge external influences of a global food system in delivering sustainable diets.

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