Queen’s University Belfast Online Course On Global Food Crisis

Queen’s University Belfast is offering open online course on supply chain integrity to showcase just a small fraction of the great offerings at the University. This course is aimed at learners at post-graduate level which covers research being developed to deal with the food crisis.

This free online course aims to provide advanced knowledge of food safety and food security across different levels of the food supply chain, with a focus on the pathway to enhance global food security for a sustainable future. This online course will start on November 2, 2015.

Course At A Glance

Length: 5 weeks
Effort:  3 hours/week
Subject: Tackling the Global Food Crisis: Supply Chain Integrity
Institution: Queen’s University Belfast & Future Learn
Languages: English
Price:  Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: November 2, 2015

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Providers Details

Queen’s University Belfast is offering the course via renowned online platform FutureLearn. Queen’s University Belfast is a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities. The MOOCs will allow the University to explore new and different ways to provide online education.

FutureLearn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

About This Course

Humanity faces a considerable problem in maintaining and enhancing food supplies on a global basis, whilst improving our wellbeing in both the developing and developed world. Obesity and other growing problems related to dietary excess pose huge economic and health implications in the developed world.

In many low resourced countries, simply getting enough to eat can be the issue, with poor quality food often contaminated with hazardous agents, and economic pressures affecting land use and food production.

With the increasing population, and climate change threatening existing food supplies, new challenges will need to be overcome to maintain food supplies in a healthy and sustainable manner.

This course aims to provide advanced knowledge of food safety and food security across different levels of the food supply chain, with a focus on the pathway to enhance global food security for a sustainable future.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts. Applicants can get a verified certificate. It will cover topics including food fraud and integrity, soil quality, plant health and climate change. The course is led by Professor Chris Elliott, who wrote the UK government review on the recent horse meat scandal. To find out more, read Chris’s post for our blog: “The many faces of the global food crisis.”

Learning Outcomes

This is the first course in a two-part series by Queen’s University Belfast looking at issues concerning the maintenance and enhancement of global food supplies, whilst improving human wellbeing in the developed and developing world. The second course is Tackling the Global Food Crisis: Sustainable Agri-food Systems.

Instructors

-Chris Elliott

Requirements

This course is open to all, however it will cover research being developed to deal with the food crisis and is aimed at learners at post-graduate level.

Detailed Information

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