Lancaster University offers a free online course on ‘Global Food Security: addressing the challenge’ available on FutureLearn.com. The course is aimed at anyone with a personal or professional interest in these issues, uses specially shot video inserts as well signposting students towards existing articles, videos and other materials.
This eight-week course introduces the issue of food security and explore some of the different ways in which it has been described both in research and in practice and consider key concerns for the future. The course will start on August 29, 2016.
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- In this course, University introduces the issue of food security and explore some of the different ways in which it has been described both in research and in practice and consider key concerns for the future.
- University’s central concern is ‘How they will feed an extra two billion people by the middle of this century?’ Focussing both on UK agriculture and on food supply chains in other parts of the world, they will examine how food has shaped our environmental and social landscapes. They will see that, while everyone would agree that food security is ‘a good thing’, ideas about what it means in practice and how it should be achieved vary tremendously.
- This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English. Applicants can get a verified certificate.
Worth of Award
Applicant shall be exploring a number of topics that address many issues including:
- Is food security really just about food?
- Should we have concerns about health, social justice, environmental degradation and cultural diversity?
- What is the role of technology and innovation in promoting food security?
And much more.
- In the final week University will explore the big picture by considering food systems and food chains as a whole. Using examples from some of the case studies that they have explored, they consider the relationships between production and consumption and question whether particular kinds of agriculture are linked to particular diets and patterns of consumption.
- University will explore the role of the retailer and the consumer in more detail as we ask what it means to enjoy a safe, healthy, sustainable diet. They also consider the issue of food poverty and how this fits within the food security debate.
There are no requirements for this course except an interest in global food security.
Bill Davies: Developed interest in food while working on the family farm. Now work on improvement and management of crops aimed at producing more food with less water and on UK food supply chain issues.
How to Apply
- Go to the course website link
- Sign Up At FutureLearn
- Select a course and Join
- Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
- After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
- Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
- On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).