Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Food and Water Security: Global Perspectives
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 2 hour lectures (34 hours) - across semester 1 & 2
Seminars / Tutorials 1 x 1 hour student-led seminars in food and water security during first seven weeks (14 hours) - across semester 1 & 2


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Scientific case study of a food and water security issue.  20%
Semester Assessment Theorising security and politics.  20%
Semester Assessment Consultancy report.  20%
Semester Assessment Statistics assessment.  20%
Semester Assessment Research methods portfolio  (IGES)  20%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate awareness of the political frameworks which affect food and water security.

2. Demonstrate awareness of the social and cultural frameworks which affect food and water security

3. Demonstrate awareness of the environmental and political forces which affect water security.

4. Demonstrate awareness of the political frameworks which affect food and water security

5. Demonstrate awareness of the agricultural, environmental and technological contexts which affect food production and water security

6. Integrate political, geographical and environmental paradigms.

7. Demonstrate an understanding of the basis for selecting appropriate statistical approaches to data analysis

8. Assimilate and evaluate data for subsequent interpretation and analysis.

9. Devise testable hypotheses, define focused aims and objectives.

10. Demonstrate proficiency in applying statistical and research methodologies.

11. Conduct research searches using library, information technology and database sources.

12. Collect, store, analyse and interpret data.

13. Utilise appropriate bioinformatics resources for gathering and analysing information.

Brief description

The module delivers sequentially contributions from International Politics, IGES and IBERS, in the form of lectures followed by related, student-led seminars. These will be deliberately non-technical in order to cater for students with widely different experiences of natural and social sciences. The module also provides training in data handling and information retrieval to underpin case studies and dissertation assessments. Students will prepare a written description of their proposed dissertation in the wider context of food and water security issues.


The assessment components of the module are currently as follows:
IBERS case study (20%)
IBERS data handling (20%)
IGES consultancy report assignment (20%)
IGES research methods portfolio (20%)
Interpol essay (20%)

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Students will handle, analyse and interpret numerical data using statistical methods.
Communication Oral communication will be encouraged during the student-led seminars. Written communication will be assessed through the dissertation plan.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be expected to undertake a significant amount of self-directed study in the preparation of the student-led seminars and dissertation plan.
Information Technology Students will use information technology in the preparation and presentation of their coursework. They will access information and data online.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will engage critically with contemporary and topical issues of food and water security, which are directly relevant to a range of career paths.
Problem solving Students will synthesise and evaluate information from case studies, and analyse qualitative data.
Research skills Students will research independently in preparing for the student-led seminars and dissertation plan.
Subject Specific Skills Understanding of the natural scientific and social scientific principles and practice of food and water security.
Team work Student-led seminars will involve group-based discussions and activities.


This module is at CQFW Level 7