Credit points: 15

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.

FacultyFaculty 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 Enrolment in the third-year of the Bachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning


Incompatible subjects PLA4CFD, PLA3CFD

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


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

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2014, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAndrew Butt

Class requirements

One 1.0 days seminar per study period and delivered via blended.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Field Trip
One 1.0 days field trip per study period and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
Essay (2000 words)40
Project proposal (1000 words)20
Research and Strategy Development Project (2000 words)40