Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject explores human food production, its current and future challenges from both Australian and global perspectives. Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of human food production and the key factors driving change in food production systems. Contemporary food production drivers, such as global population dynamics, advances in knowledge and technology, and globalisation of markets will be explored. Issues of change and sustainability in global food production systems will be explored and will consider concepts such as population growth, food security, climate change, agro-ecosystem resilience. The practical outcomes of these concepts will be explored in both local and global contexts.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAn obsolete dichotomy? Rethinking the rural-urban interface in terms of food security and production in the global southRecommendedLemer, A & Eakin, H 2011THE GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNAL, VOL. 177, NO. 4, PP. 311-320
ReadingsAquaculture and food crisis: opportunites and constraintsRecommendedLiao, I & Chao, N n.d.ASIS PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION, VOL. 18, NO. 4, PP. 564
ReadingsAquaculture: Future fishRecommendedCressey, D 2009NATURE, VOL. 458, NO.7237, PP. 398-400
ReadingsBeyond Industrial Agriculture? Some questions about Farm Sustainability.RecommendedWoodhouse, P 2010JOURNAL OF AGRARIAN CHANGE, VOL. 10, NO. 3, PP. 437-453
ReadingsChanges in farming and future prospectsRecommendedBuckwell, A & Armstrong-Brown, S 2004TECHNOLOGY AND POLICY, VOL. 146, PP. 14-21
ReadingsClimate change and food security: health impacts in developed countriesRecommendedlake, I, Hooper, L & Waldron, K 2012ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PERSPECTIVES, VOL. 120, NO. 11, PP 1520-1526
ReadingsClimate induced historic and future changes in viticultureRecommendedSchultz, H & Jones, G 2010JOURNAL OF WINE RESEARCH, VOL. 21, NO. 2/3, PP. 137-145
ReadingsCross boundary farming: can this challenging farming method save the Australian family farm?RecommendedMuenstermann, I 2009RURAL SOCIETY, VOL. 19, NO. 3, PP. 262-274
ReadingsDeveloping potential adaptations to climate change for farming systems in Western Australia's Northern Agricultural Region using economic analysis tool STEPRecommendedAbrahams, M, Reynolds, C, Gardiner, D 2012AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS AND FARMING SYSTEMS, VOL 9. NO. 1, PP. 9-28
ReadingsDiversified Farming Systems: An Agroecological, Systems-based Alternative to Modern Industrial AgricultureRecommendedKremen, C Iles, A & Bacon, c 2012ECOLOGY & SOCIETY, VOL. 17, NO.4, PP. 288-306
ReadingsFarming the seaRecommendedAsche, F 2008MARINE RESOURCES ECONOMICS, VOL. 23, NO. 4 PP. 527-547
ReadingsGlobal food supply: a challenge for sustainable agricultureRecommendedLeaver, J 2011NUTRITION BULLETIN, VOL. 36, NO. 4, PP. 416-421
ReadingsNot merely an advertisement: purity, trust and flour 1880-1930RecommendedParcell, L & Lamme M, 2012AMERICAN JOURNALISM, VOL. 29, NO. 4, PP. 94-127
ReadingsThe role or marine aquaculture in meeting the future demand for animal proteinRecommendedLangan, R 2008JOURNAL OF FOOD SERVICE, VOL. 19, NO. 4, PP 227-233

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
Two 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Assignment (Case study 1500 words)25
Reflective journal detailing a "changing world" topic & presentation 1000 words + 10 minutes35
Tutorial Assessments (on line quizzes)25
Workshop Assessment (2 x small presentations 5 minutes)15