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290039 VU Facing the Challenges of Sustainable Global Food Systems (2021S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 20 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Home-learning through moodle interface & Zoom (or similar interface). In case the COVID19 situation allows it, the last 2-3 sessions might be held at NIG.

  • Freitag 05.03. 10:00 - 11:00 Digital
  • Freitag 19.03. 10:00 - 11:45 Digital
  • Freitag 26.03. 10:00 - 11:45 Digital
  • Freitag 16.04. 10:00 - 11:45 Digital
  • Freitag 23.04. 10:00 - 11:45 Digital
  • Freitag 07.05. 10:00 - 11:45 Digital
  • Freitag 21.05. 10:00 - 11:45 Digital
  • Freitag 11.06. 10:00 - 11:45 Digital
    Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
  • Freitag 18.06. 10:00 - 13:00 Digital
    Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
  • Freitag 25.06. 10:00 - 11:45 Digital
    Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Climate change, population growth, land use degradation, the biodiversity crisis, changes in consumption habits towards meat-based diets, persisting hunger and malnutrition, the effects of the COVID19 crisis as well as the rise of obesity and non-communicable diseases – global food systems require deep transformation in order to address the challenges of the 21st century.
This year, the UN General Secretary is convening a „UN Food Systems Summit“ to be held in September 2021. The course will make students aware of a diversity of challenges, interests and transformative perspectives on global food systems. Students will be introduced to sustainable food systems perspectives and study recent reports by international scientific bodies such as the HLPE of the Committee on World Food Security, the IPCC or IPES-Food. The situation of people in food security hotspots in the Global South as well as the unfolding impact of COVID19 on food systems will be cross-cutting themes throughout the course.
Individual sessions will consist of a mix of lecture and groupwork and – in case physical presence is possible in the later part of the course - role-play methods.
The language of the course will be English. Students should be proficient in English (oral and writing).

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Attendance in at least 80% of the sessions. Sick absence with a medical sickness certificate of more than 20% of the sessions can be compensated with additional assignments.
• 10 short academic posts of max. 300 words (excl. references) after each session written in academic style and due the day before the next session date (Session 10 post due 2 July 2021).
• The term paper of max. 3000 words (excl. references) due by 31 July 2021.
• The term paper will count 50%, the academic posts 50% of the final mark. All assignments must be passed individually in order to pass the course. An assignment is passed with a minimum grade of 4.
• Grading scheme:
21 – 18 points - grade 1
17 – 14 points - grade 2
13 – 10 points - grade 3
9 – 6 points - grade 4
0 – 5 points - grade 5

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Marking criteria for academic writing based on the categories „scientific understanding“, „independant thought and analysis“, „language“, „form and appearance“ and „structure“ will be posted on moodle and apply to all assignments.


The examination will encompass the work items as outlined in the course requirements.


This reading list is preliminary. An updated reading list and all readings will be available on Moodle from 28 February 2021.
• Anderson, T. et al (2019), Principles for a Just Transition in Agriculture, actionaid, Dec 2019
• Arneth, A. et al (2019): IPCC Special Report on Climate Change, Desertification, Land Degradation, Sustainable Land Management, Food Security and Greehouse Gas Fluxes in Terrestrial Ecosystems: Summary for Policy Makers (approved draft); url: https://www.ipcc.ch/srccl-report-download-page/ (31.1.2021)
• Chase, L. et al (2014): Introduction to Food Systems: In: Food, Farms and Community: Exploring Food Systems: University Press of New England
• Committee on World Food Security, High Level Panel of Experts (2019): Agroecological and other innovative approaches for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition: A report by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition of the Committee on World Food Security: Summary and Recommendations; url: http://www.fao.org/cfs/cfs-hlpe/reports/vn/ (31.1.2021)
• Committee on World Food Security, High Level Panel of Experts (2020): Food Security and Nutrition: Building a Global Narrative Towards 2030, Summary; url: http://www.fao.org/3/ca9731en/ca9731en.pdf (31.1.2021)
• Gibson, M. (2012): Food Security – A Commentary: What Is It and Why Is It So Complicated?: Foods 2012 1:1, url: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5302220/ (31.1.2021)
• Godfray, H. C. J. et al (2010): The future of the global food system: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 365 (2769-2777), url: https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/full/10.1098/rstb.2010.0180 (31.1.2021)
• iPES Food (2017): Too big to feed: Exploring the impacts of mega-mergers, consolidation and concentration of power in the agri-food sector: Executive Summary, url: http://www.ipes-food.org/_img/upload/files/Concentration_FullReport.pdf (31.1.2021)
• iPES Food (2020): COVID-19 and the crisis in food systems: Symptoms, causes and potential solutions, url: http://www.ipes-food.org/_img/upload/files/COVID-19_CommuniqueEN%283%29.pdf (31.1.2021)
• Parsons, K. and Hawkes, C. (2018), Connecting food systems for co-benefits: How can food systems combine diet-related health with environmental and economic policy goals?
• Springman, M. et al. (2018): Options for keeping the food system within environmental limits: Nature 562 (519-525); url: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/328200342_Options_for_keeping_the_fo

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