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RN5506: SUSTAINABLE DIETS AND GLOBAL FOOD SYSTEMS (2023-2024)

Last modified: 19 Dec 2023 12:16


Course Overview

The course will explore the complex nature of sustainable diets within a global food system. It will give you an understanding of the need for healthy and more environmentally sustainable diets to tackle some of the greatest global challenges facing us today, including poor dietary health, climate change and environmental degradation, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It will cover the multidimensional attributes and the challenge of combining these attributes into a single entity of sustainable diets. The course will explore synergies and trade-offs between attributes, barriers and drivers of change and potential solutions to achieving sustainable diets within a global food system. In addition, external influences affecting the resilience and changes to the food system will be discussed.

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?

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.


Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks 33 Feedback Weeks 36

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Feedback Word Count 1000
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.

Pre-Recorded Oral Presentation: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
Assessment Weeks 39 Feedback Weeks 42

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Feedback

10-minute presentation.

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
ProceduralEvaluateEvaluate the drivers and challenges of achieving sustainable diets.
ConceptualUnderstandDescribe the need for sustainable diets both nationally and globally.
ProceduralEvaluateJudge external influences of a global food system in delivering sustainable diets.
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).

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