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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Agriculture

    Environmental Sciences

    Geography

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time, 2 years part time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Home/EU: £7750

    International: £13,350

    Please note International Students are advised to submit their applications by 31st July 2018. This allows sufficent time to meet the conditions of your offer, apply for visas and sufficient time to arrive and enrol before the course starts.

  • Last Updated

    28 June 2018

Course content

About the Programme

The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience are pleased to announce the launch of our new MSc in Agroecology, Water and Food Sovereignty. The programme will commence in September 2018 and January 2019 - recruitment is now open!

The Context

The new MSc is structured according to the thematic pillars of our Centre’s research and will be a multi- and transdisciplinary course introducing students to a range of different approaches to foster equitable and sustainable food and water systems.

In the context of wide-ranging and persistent global challenges to food and water security, resilience, including climate change, malnutrition and ecological degradation, this course will equip students with cutting edge knowledge in the field to enable them to critically understand the complex interactions between social and natural systems, between scientific and non-scientific knowledge, and between politics and food and water system outcomes.

The programme is designed for students from a range of disciplines, converging on agriculture, water and food systems from complementary angles that include physical and natural sciences, geography, social sciences and humanities, economics, and political sciences.

The Course

Why Agroecology, Water and Food Sovereignty?

Agroecology is the discipline that addresses practical aspects of resilient food production and natural resources management, their environmental impact as well as the governance and socio-economic challenges facing current food and farming systems.

Water and Food Sovereignty widen the focus of the course, closely linking agroecological approaches that reflect the need to address pressing global issues (i.e. access to adequate nutrition), our right to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods; and people’s right to define their own food, agriculture, livestock and fisheries systems.

Food Sovereignty also promotes the formulation of trade policies and practices that serve the rights of people to safe, healthy and ecologically sustainable food production.

This is a unique approach to the design and management of socio-ecologically resilient water and food systems in that it goes beyond the issue of access to natural resources, food and water, and addresses their governance locally, nationally and at global scale. 

The course includes modules which address key themes in:

  • resilient food and water systems
  • agroecological processes and practices
  • fundamental process in relation to soil and water management
  • climate change
  • governance and institutional frameworks
  • communities self-organisation for resilience
  • knowledge integration
  • gender studies
  • economics of sustainable food and water system
  • secological management of freshwater systems
  • stabilisation agriculture.

Modules

  • Policies and Institutions for Food and Water Sovereignty
  • Global Processes for Water Sustainability and Resilience
  • Community Self-Organisation and Resilience
  • Resilient Food and Water Systems in Practice
  • Participation, Power, and People’s Knowledge
  • Agroecological Techniques and Practices
  • Gender, Food Systems and Natural Resources
  • Stabilisation Agriculture
  • Project
  • Global Professional Development – Consultancy (Chartered Management Institute)

Each module involves ‘face-to-face’ contact at the university (including lectures, seminars and workshops), accompanied by directed and self-directed study. Modules are delivered both on campus as well as our Centre’s base at Ryton Organic Gardens. Transport is provided for the modules delivered at Ryton Gardens.

How to apply

To apply via the University's application page please click here. The course code is EECT008.

If you require any assistance please contact:

Liz Woodard - Administrative Assistant (Postgraduate Support) 


Visit the MSc in Agroecology, Water and Food Sovereignty page on the Coventry University website for more details!

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