Applications in Food and Nutrition Security Analysis

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Applications in Food and Nutrition Security Analysis

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Nutrition and Food Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    After successfully completing this course:
    - The student can explain the need for inter/transdisciplinary research in Food and Nutrition Security Studies
    - The student is able to critically reflect on choices of design in inter/transdisciplinary research (in the field of Food and Nutrition Security Studies)
    - The student is able to conduct an inter/transdisciplinary project in relation to Food and Nutrition Security
    - The student is able to find and integrate different relevant literature sources
    - The student is able to conduct interviews that contribute to research project
    - The student can analyse qualitative data in such a way that it contributes to the research project
    - The student is able to integrate qualitative data with data from literature review and/or analysis of secondary quantitative data
    - The student is able to translate research findings into evidence informed policy advice
    - The student has improved his/her capacity as a professional - The student can work effectively together with other students in a project team
    - The student is able to coordinate and plan a inter/transdisciplinary project in such a way that deadlines are kept and the quality of the products are in relation with time invested
    - The student is able to highlight the results of and defend the recommendations proposed in the inter/transdisciplinary research in a video-based presentation
    - The student is able to write a policy advisory report that is coherent and covers the research

    Food and nutrition security (FNS) is a key priority in development cooperation and central to broader debates on environmental and social sustainability. FNS not only focuses on building resilience to food crises and ensuring that not one is left hungry, it also battles the alarming increase in obesity in the developed world. Both malnutrition and obesity are the result of a complex system of factors, including economic, agro-ecological, technical, health and cultural aspects. Resolving the complex problem of FNS therefore requires an interdisciplinary approach, in which actors from different disciplines and with different backgrounds, including the people who are undernourished or obese, cooperate.This course will focus on the analytical and practical skills necessary to conduct such a inter/transdisciplinary approach in formulating a evidence-informed policy advice. To train these skills, you will be part of a project team that will work on a real-life assignment to develop a evidence informed policy advise to address a specific problem in food and nutrition security.

    Lectures, workgroups/training workshops, project work, and a presentation session.

    The course grade is based on the group grades for the report and the video presentation and an individual assessment of the performance in the project. To pass, all parts have to be concluded with the grade of 5.5 or higher.

    Your final mark is built up as follows:
    - Report that reflects the research: 50% of the total grade
    - Video presentation of the results of the research: 30% of the total grade
    - Individual performance: 20% of the total grade

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