|Module Title||GLOBAL FOOD CHAIN:GEOG OF PROD, DISTRIB + CONSUMP SINCE 1500|
|Co-ordinator||Dr John Walton|
|Pre-Requisite||This module requires a minimum enrolment of 14.|
|Course delivery||Seminar||24 Hours 12 x 2 hours|
|Assessment||Exam||2 Hours Unseen multiple-choice examination paper. Answer all 40 questions.||25%|
|Course work||Four submitted seminar papers (maximum length 1500 words each) with assessment based on the best three. Seminar papers must be submitted for assessment within 14 days of the seminar to which they relate. Papers relating to seminars held in the last two weeks of term must be submitted no later than the second day of the following term (i.e. by the end of the second day of the examination period). Late submissions subject to the departmental penalty of 5% points per day. All elements to be completed to obtain a pass; mark based on the aggregate performance. Attendance at seminars is compulsory. Three (3) marks will be deducted from the overall assessment for the module for each seminar that a student misses, unless the module co-ordinator receives notification of absence prior to the seminar concerned and the reasons for absence are condonable.||75%|
|Resit assessment||Students who fail the module will normally be allowed a resit, which will involve the resubmission of failed seminar papers and the submission of any seminar papers which were not submitted. Students may resit the examination component if the original mark for the examination component was less than 35%. Marks for any component marked at 35% or more will be carried forward. In the absence of extenuating circumstances (eg. illness), the maximum mark available on any resit component will be 35%. Marks lost through uncondoned absence cannot be recovered, and will be deducted from the overall resit mark.|
The module begins by examining the links between us as food consumers and the global economy. The module then considers how the present consumption chains of the developed world compare with those of the past and with those of the less developed world currently. The module moves on to explore the historical geographies of different aspects of the food chain, emphasising spatial and temporal variations in the variety of human experience. Each theme will be introduced by a brief overview provided by the module co-ordinator, followed by seminar presentations in which students consider different facets of that theme. Students will be encouraged to regard the module as a collective research endeavour. The breadth of the module ensures a continuing flow of new topics for students to research into the future. The overall aim of the module is therefore to encourage students to think, to understand the nature of of and the responsibilities associated with individual research, and to appreciate that the quality of collective endeavour depends upon their contributions as individuals. The module provides an oblique introduction to the concept of civic responsibility.
Module objectives / Learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students should 1) understand the overall diminsions of the global food chain and the key events in its historical development; 2) appreciate what problem identification and individual research involve; 3) be more adept at making presentations to a critical audience.
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