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Water and Food Security: Key Concepts and Challenges , 6 ECTS Credits
COURSE CATEGORY   Master´s programme in Science Sustainable Development
MAIN FIELD OF STUDY   Miljövetenskap - MXA
  COURSE CODE   746A33
Having completed the course, the student will be able to:
* Identify and describe current issues related to water and food security.
* Describe how land-use has implications for water resources, food production/security and environmental parameters.
* Apply key concepts for advanced analysis in the areas of water and food security.
* Discuss different approaches of Integrated Water Resource Management from an interdisciplinary point of view, and
* Competently communicate both orally and in text regarding water and food issues.
* Critically and scientifically assess problems related to water and food security by evaluating current scientific work.
The course focuses on the availability and demand for water and food in various parts of the world. The students will acquire a systematic view on the various roles and functions of water resources and food security in society and in the landscape. A major issue concerns the management and control of water resources through directives and institutional arrangements. The watershed is used as the study arena to focus on key concepts such as participatory modelling, entitlement approach and benefit sharing. Various cases falling under the framework of Integrated Water Resource Management will be studied and compared to find strengths and weaknesses in different contexts, including environmental impact, legal and administrative structures and norm systems. The course will relate to some of the major contemporary development initiatives and challenges. Conflicts, conflict resolution mechanisms, efforts to design development plans and human activities in various parts of the world and under different contexts will be discussed.
Lectures, seminars, workshops with presentations and individually written assignments.
The course is examined through written tasks, oral presentations and active participation in seminars.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course two times are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree/kandidatexamen (equivalent for example a professional degree) of at least 180 ECTS credits, including a 15 ECTS credit degree paper or equivalent. Relevant background is studies within natural science, social science, health science, humanities or engineering that relate to the environmental, social or economic aspects of sustainable development.
Documented knowledge of English equivalent to "Engelska B"; i.e. English as native language or an internationally recognized test, e.g. TOEFL (minimum scores: Paperbased 550 + TWE-score 4.0, computorbased 213 and internetbased 79), IELTS, academic (minimum score: Overall band 6.0 and no band under 5.0), or equivalent.
The course is graded according to the ECTS grading scale A-F
Course certificate is issued by the Faculty Board on request. The Department provides a special form which should be submitted to the Student Affairs Division.
The course literature is decided upon by the department in question.
Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus.

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.
Water and Food Security: Key Concepts and Challenges
Water and Food Security: Key Concepts and Challenges
Department responsible
for the course or equivalent:
TEMA - The Tema Institute
Registrar No: 1334/06-41   Course Code: 746A33      
    Exam codes: see Local Computer System      
Subject/Subject Area : Miljövetenskap - MXA          
Level   Education level     Subject Area Code   Field of Education  
A1X       MXA   NA  
The syllabus was approved by the Board of Faculty of Arts and Science 2006-11-20