SECURING FOOD, WATER AND THE ENVIRONMENT

PLA3FWE

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

Securing the environment and sustaining global and local food and water supplies are three critical problems faced by current and future generations. Patterns of food production, consumption and the globalisation of food systems as well as urbanisation and climate change have implications for community health, cultural practices and economic wellbeing. This subject examines the role of food production and consumption in securing land and water resources and providing for healthy communities. Case studies will explore the policy, sociologies and cultural practices of food production and consumption, emphasising the role of water security and sustained environment. Strategies, policies, techniques and actions for increased security will be examined focussing on the challenge of providing water, food and a sustained environment for an estimated 9 billion world population by 2050.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAndrew Butt

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Completion of 120cps of subjects at first year level

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PLA4CFD, PLA3CFD

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCities and climate change: urban sustainability and global environmental governance,RecommendedBulkeley, H. and Betsill, M.ROUTLEDGE 2005
ReadingsThe atlas of climate change: mapping the world's greatest challenge,RecommendedDow, K. and Downing, T.EARTHSCAN 2006
ReadingsThe economics of climate change: the Stern review,RecommendedStern, N.CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 2007

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Contextualise cultural and economic practices of food production and consumption at a local and global level

Activities:
Online lectures, case studies
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)

02. Develop an understanding of the role of land use planning in food and water security

Activities:
Online lectures, case studies
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

03. Investigate the capacity of local food production in a selected case study area

Activities:
Online lectures, case studies
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

04. Understand relationships between food production and consumption in Australia and how food security can be further strengthened

Activities:
Online lectures, case studies
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

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