Global Challenges in Food and Health

Module code: 6HMNT001W
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Credit Level: 6
Credit value: 20
Available to: Faculty of Science and Technology students only, however students on some courses are unable to choose Westminster Electives  – see list of exemptions. Please note elective modules are subject to availability.

This module will give you the opportunity to explore the many challenges to sustainable, safe and equitable food supplies. We will explore the utility of different conceptual frameworks, such as food security and food regimes, to understand these challenges and this also allow appreciation of the contributions of different academic disciplines in developing multi-sectoral actions. You will consider the impact of climate change and globalisation on food supplies and consumption patterns, and their interaction with existing health and nutrition inequalities and differential access to food. The role of the UN, government and private sector actors in relation to food production, trade, access and consumption will be examined, while current policies to establish safe and equitable food supplies will also be discussed.

By the time you complete the course, you will be able to describe current and future challenges affecting availability, access, utilisation and sustainability of global and national food supplies, and predict the impact of these challenges at international, national and local levels in terms of food security, equity, safety, health and sustainability. You will also be able to design a multi-sectoral strategy to address a chosen challenge.

The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical classes and workshops; assessment will be based on a Wikipedia site developed as part of a group consultancy project. 

This module will only be available from 2017/18 academic year.