751-0013-00L  World Food System

SemesterAutumn Semester 2021
LecturersA. K. Gilgen, J. Baumgartner, A. Bearth, R. Finger, M. Loessner, R. Mezzenga, B. Studer
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


751-0013-00 VWelternährungssystem (World Food System)4 hrs
Mon14:15-16:00CAB G 61 »
Fri08:15-10:00CAB G 61 »
22.11.16:15-18:00HG F 1 »
A. K. Gilgen, J. Baumgartner, A. Bearth, R. Finger, M. Loessner, R. Mezzenga, B. Studer

Catalogue data

AbstractKnowledge about the World Food System will be provided, based on case studies along food value chains in countries with various development stages and dependent on multiple boundary conditions. This shall generate profound understanding of the associated global challenges especially food scarcity, suboptimal diet and nutrition, food quality and safety as well as effects on the environment.
ObjectiveAttending this course, the students will recognize the elements of the World Food System (WFS) approach and the problems it this supposed to treat. They will especially comprehend the four pillars of global food security, namely (I) food availability (including sustainable production and processing), (I) access to food (physical and monetary), (III) food use (including quality and safety as well as the impact on human health and well being) and (IV) resilience to the boundary conditions (environmental, economic and political). This insight will make them aware of the global driving forces behind our ETH research on food security and is expected to alleviate motivation and understanding for the association of subsequent specific courses within a general context. The course equivalently implements agricultural and food sciences, thus supporting the interdisciplinary view on the WFS scope.
ContentCase studies on certain foods of plant and animal origin serve to demonstrate the entire food value chain from the production of raw material to processed food and its consumer relevant property functions. In doing so, important corresponding aspects for developed, emerging and developing countries are demonstrated, by use of engineering as well as natural and social science approaches.
Lecture notesHandouts and links are provided online.
LiteratureInformation on books and other literature references is communicated during the course.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course shall particularly elucidate the cross section of Agro- and Food Sciences in the context of important global problems to be solved. Furthermore the students in the first year of studies shall be given some insight and outlook supporting the development of their views and interests in agricultural and food sciences further.
The course is part of the block exam after the first study year. Paper copies can be used ("Open Book") during the on-line exam, but no other means are not allowed. The course is taught in German.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
In examination block forBachelor's Degree Programme in Agricultural Sciences 2015; Version 01.03.2019 (Examination Block)
Bachelor's Degree Programme in Food Science 2016; Version 25.05.2023 (Examination Block)
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersB. Studer, J. Baumgartner, A. Bearth, R. Finger, A. K. Gilgen, M. Loessner, R. Mezzenga
Typesession examination
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 120 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationDie Prüfungsfragen dürfen auf Deutsch oder Englisch beantwortet werden.
The exam questions may be answered in German or in English.

Onlineprüfung, immer über den aktuellen Vorlesungsinhalt.

Die Vorlesung wird von einem Lernelement ergänzt um Argumentieren, Schreiben und Teamarbeit zu fördern. Der zusätzliche Aufwand beträgt ca 10-12 Stunden. Die Studierenden können sich mit der Absolvierung des Lernelements einen Bonus erarbeiten. Die Bestnote von 6.0 kann auch ohne Lernelement erreicht werden. Das erfolgreiche Lösen von Lernelementen kann zur Erhöhung der Gesamtnote im Umfang von maximal 0.25 Notenpunkten führen.
Written aidsOpen books; keine Lehrbücher oder Ähnliches;
Elektronischer Zugriff auf Vorlesungs-Skripte (nur Prüfungs-Desktop)
eigene Zusammenfassungen und annotierte Ausdrucke sind erlaubt
Online examinationThe examination may take place on the computer.
Distance examinationIt is not possible to take a distance examination.
If the course unit is part of an examination block, the credits are allocated for the successful completion of the whole block.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

Main linkLink zur Webpage
Only public learning materials are listed.


No information on groups available.


There are no additional restrictions for the registration.

Offered in

Agricultural Sciences BachelorFirst Year ExaminationsOInformation
Food Science BachelorFirst Year ExaminationsOInformation
Environmental Sciences BachelorAgroecologyWInformation