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Global food systems and food security

Additional course evaluations for LU0092

Academic year 2020/2021

Global food systems and food security (LU0092-40106) 2021-03-24 - 2021-06-06

Academic year 2020/2021

Global food systems and food security (LU0092-M4106) 2021-03-24 - 2021-06-06

Academic year 2019/2020

Global food systems and food security (LU0092-40043) 2020-03-25 - 2020-06-07

Academic year 2018/2019

Global food systems and food security (LU0092-40095) 2019-03-26 - 2019-06-09

LU0092 Global food systems and food security, 15.0 Credits

Globala försörjningssystem och matsäkerhet

Syllabus approved



Rural Development

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 180 credits, including 90 credits within a particular major within humanities, social or natural sciences. Knowledge equivalent to English 6 (Swedish educational system).


The aim of this course is to provide the students with an understanding of global food chains, i.e. how food is produced, marketed, distributed and perceived at global and local levels. The course will discuss how food systems are globally interconnected while at the same time food production also is part of local sustenance. Attention will be given to issues of global equilibrium and disequilibrium in both production and consumption, with a focus on how food systems are embedded in economic, social, cultural and political environments. The course will enable students to analyze the conditions required to achieve food security and the contemporary challenges caused by climate change, as well as economic, political and social tendencies and pressures. The course will provide students with knowledge and abilities needed both in postgraduate research and in professions focusing on global food systems and food security.

After completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Understand and analyze the production and marketing of agricultural and animal products on regional and global scales; as well as how these scales are connected economically, politically and socially.
- Understand and account for the historical transformation from subsistence agriculture to agro-industrialization, and its effect on agricultural producers and communities.
- Understand and analyze how international political relations and the gradual internationalization of markets have affected food production, marketing, transportation and consumption.
- Understand and analyze the meaning of food security, how food security is dependent on ecological, economic, political and social factors how changes in these factors influence the emergence of the right to food movement and risk jeopardizing food security.
- Understand and account for social theories that aim to analyze global changes and connections of food production, marketing, transportation and consumption, such as world system theory, food regime theory and political ecology.


This course introduces students to global food systems and the challenges of ensuring food security for all in a world of climate change, globalization, shifting demographies and new technologies. Food constitutes a major product in the contemporary global commodity value chain and this course provides students with analytical tools so as to be able to grasp and analyze the effects of global forces on local food production, on marketing, transportation and consumption of food. This course draws on theories and methods from sociology, social anthropology, human geography, economy, political science and agro-ecology. The course will enable students to critically analyze contexts, perspectives and the spatiality of the global food systems and food security, as well as distinct strategies of moral interventions, for example the development of certifications and the movement right to food.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved home exam, approved participation in compulsory seminars and approved written assignments.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Responsible department

Department of Urban and Rural Development

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Replaces: LU0082
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Agriculture Programme - Rural Development Rural Development and Natural Resource Management - Master´s Programme Sustainable Food Systems – Master´s Programme Agriculture Programme - Rural Development (270 hec) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 27500 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Rural Development
Course code: LU0092 Application code: SLU-40119 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Urban and Rural Development Pace: 100%