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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024

Module ANTH3347: Food Security, Nutrition and Sustainable Livelihoods

Department: Anthropology

ANTH3347: Food Security, Nutrition and Sustainable Livelihoods

Type Open Level 3 Credits 10 Availability Not available in 2023/24 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • ANTH2141 Global Health and Disease


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • Equip students with an in-depth understanding of poverty, food security and nutrition in a global context
  • Develop critical knowledge about how food environment, geo-spatial inequalities, and wider determinants of health affect food security, wellbeing, and nutritional status
  • Develop understanding of variable context between global North and South


  • The module will have an interdisciplinary approach of integrating anthropological and public health perspectives to discuss problems relating to food security, nutrition, unhealthy diets, food environments, geo-spatial inequality, and sustainable livelihood framework. The topics will include analysis of global food and nutrition security, sustainable development goals, wider determinants of health, and neighbourhood effects on health and wellbeing. Furthermore, vulnerability contexts, responses and impact of food insecurity in relation to global North and South will be discussed. Readings on this module will include quantitative and qualitative studies, documents from UN organisations, such as the World Food Programme (WFP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), CONCERN focusing on broad range of issues around food security, nutrition and sustainable livelihood with its relevance for global North and South.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • At the end of the module, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate advance levels of knowledge about global food insecurity and malnutrition situation, strengths and weaknesses of various assessment techniques, and approaches to improve food security and nutrition
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge about place-based inequality, and wider determinants of health
  • Develop in-depth knowledge about anthropology of health, environment and food security
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Develop analytical skill to critically engage with relevant literatures about food insecurity, nutrition and neighbourhood effects on health and wellbeing, and to interpret them
Key Skills:
  • In-depth knowledge about food security, nutrition and place-based inequality, ability to engage and interpret primary and secondary data, and publications
  • Review and adapt approaches and their relevance for the global North and South

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lectures may include guest lecture, pre-recorded videos, oral presentations, break-out discussions, or other activities as appropriate to the material covered from week to week
  • Workshop/seminar/roleplay elements will include critical review of articles/ policy documents/ project proposals around topics introduced in the lectures, which will then prepare them for their summative assignment.
  • Lectures and seminars will engage and prepare student gradually to be able to produce essays or other materials as relevant for assessing their acquired knowledge and skills.
  • Appropriate guidelines will be provided about expected outputs for assessment, weighting of assessment element. Where possible, examples will be provided as a guide to help them complete their assessments.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lecture 10 Weekly 1 10
Workshop/seminar/roleplay 5 Fortnightly 1 5
Preparation and reading 85
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Research Project Proposal 2500 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

Presentation slides (5-10 slides) about an outline of the proposed research project.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University