|| RS25320 |
|| FOOD, FARMING AND THE ENVIRONMENT |
|| 2007/2008 |
|| Dr Graham P Harris |
|| Semester 1 |
|| Mr Hefin Wyn Williams, Dr John M Warren |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 2 x 2 hour lectures per week |
|| Other || Debate, arranged by module co-ordinator during semester. |
|| Practical || 3 x 4 hour visits |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment|| Assignment Outcomes assessed: 2, 3, 4 ||50%|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours Written examination Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ||50%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours Written examination Outcomes assessed: All ||100%|
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Explain the ecological process that occur within food production.
2. Discuss the pressures on the food supply industry.
3. Identify the environmental impacts due to agricultural intensification.
4. Appraise the impacts of food policy and globalisation of food markets.
5. Discuss the concept of sustainability in food production.
The module describes the scientific knowledge required to understand the applied ecological aspects that constitutes agricultural production systems. This module will provide the student with an awareness of the impact of agriculture and food supply systems on the environment. The module is designed to highlight issues in the human food chain including the globalisation of food markets, the homogenisation of production systems, sustainability, environmental impacts of agricultural and aquacultural intensification, agricultural policy development, public concerns with food production and health, animal welfare , and future consumer and population demands on the food production industry.
The aims of this module are to:
a. Explain the ecological processes occurring in agricultural systems.
b. Describe the UK food supply industry and key issues of public concern in the food chain.
c. Identify the environmental impacts due to agricultural intensification.
d. Develop an appreciation of food policy and globalisation issues.
e. Develop an understanding of sustainability in food production.
.1 Independent project work
The assignment will develop the student'r ability to work independently, integrating scientific, social, political and economic knowledge to critically evaluate how a specific issue in the human food chain has been reported in a range of media sources (assessed in coursework).
.2 IT and information handling
Extensive use of internet sources will be needed to compile information for the assignment (assessed as part of coursework).
.3 Use and analysis of numerical information
Analysis of relevant literature will require the students to understand and interpret numerical information, particularly with regard to production , marketing and risk assessment data.
.4 Writing in an academic context
The assignment will require the production of a report on a specific issue in the human food chain and how it has been reported in a range of media sources, developing the students? skill in academic writing and the justification of critical analysis and conclusions .
.6 Careers need awareness
The outcomes of the module are designed to provide the skills and awareness of principles and knowledge required by practitioners in the wider rural environment to address and discuss issues of concern in the public and scientific domain , with regard to the human food chain.
The outcomes of the module are designed to provide the skills and awareness of principles and knowledge required by practitioners in the wider rural environment to address and discuss issues of concern in the public and scientific domain, with regard to the human food chain.
.8 Group activity
The formal debate will develop the students ability to analyse and discuss information in an interactive group forum .
|| Writing in an academic context |
|| Read in different contexts and for different purposes
Write for different purposes and audiences. |
|| Use a spreadsheet package to record and manipulate different sets of data.
Find information on the Internet
Access information via an online library system. |
|Application of Number
|| Obtain and interpret mathematical and statistical information
Tackle problems involving numbers. |
** General Text
Carson, R (1962) Sustainable development in a dynamic world: Transforming Institutions, Growth and Quality of Life
Collins, W W and Qualset, C O (1999) Biodiversity in agroecosystems
CRC Press 1566702909
Conway GR & Pretty JN (1991) Unwelcome Harvest: agriculture and pollution
Dodds, F (editor) (2000) Earth Summit 2002: a New Deal
Gliessman, S R (2000) Field and laboratory investigations in agroecology
Lewis Publishers 1566704456
Jackson, L E (1997) Ecology in agriculture
Academic Press 0123782600
Meffe, G K et al (2003) Ecoagriculture: Strategies for feeding the world and saving wild biodiversity
Island Press 1559636459
Open University (2000) A globalising world? Culture, economics, politics
Pimbert, M (1999) Sustaining the multiple functions of agricultural diversity. Gatekeeper Series No 88
International Institute for Environment and Development 0013579258
Rolling N G and Wagemakers M A E (1998) Facilitating sustainable agriculture
Cambridge University Press 0521581745
Tansey, G and D'Silva (1999) The meat business: devouring a hungry planet
FAO (2001) The state of food and agriculture
Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
World Bank (1999) Sustainable development in a dynamic world: Transforming Institutions, Growth and Quality of Life
The World Bank 0821351508
This module is at CQFW Level 5