Singapore University of Social Sciences

Community-Based Approaches to Food Security and Sustainability

Community-Based Approaches to Food Security and Sustainability (OCE153)

Applications Open: 01 April 2022

Applications Close: 31 May 2022

Next Available Intake: July 2022

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1378 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Social Services

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE), Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: College of Lifelong & Experiential Learning


Synopsis

Singapore, a small city-state with limited resources, has ranked world number 1 in the Global Food Security index. Complementing Singapore’s Food Security Roadmap, the Singapore Food Authority unveiled an ambitious ‘30 by 30’ target – increase local food production to meet 30% of nutritional needs by 2030. At the same time, more is being understood about the extent, severity, causes and consequences of food insecurity in Singapore. Through service-learning with community members and organisations in an actual community-based context, students will have an opportunity to explore the complex history, present and future of food security and sustainability in Singapore, grounded in the real-time realities that communities encounter in a highly dense urban city navigating the balance of competing resource demands. By working alongside the people and organisations that have dedicated themselves to making food security and sustainability a reality contextualised to local communities, students will gain insight from the lived realities of individuals and collectives in their efforts to undertake community-based approaches to achieve food security and sustainability.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July

Topics

  • Key Elements of Community Engagement
  • Reflection to co-construct and integrate knowledge
  • Food security in Singapore
  • Food insecurity in Singapore
  • Circular and regenerative food systems
  • Community food system
  • Community-based urban farming
  • Community organisations in the food security and sustainability space
  • Community-led interventions in food security and sustainability
  • Food wastage in Singapore
  • Food rescue/recovery and food banking
  • Challenges and opportunities in community-based approaches to food security and sustainability

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss the challenges and opportunities in community-based approaches to food security and sustainability
  • Locate the value of community-based approaches in relation to macro issues affecting food security and sustainability
  • Identify one’s personal perspective towards the efforts and lived experiences of community members undertaking community-based approaches to food security and sustainability
  • Demonstrate the key elements of community engagement in approaches to collaboration with community members
  • Propose a service-learning initiative in collaboration with one or more community partners
  • Implement a service-learning initiative as mutually agreed with one or more community partners
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