Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will critically examine a range of contemporary issues that impact on both the agricultural sector and wider community from local, regional, national and international perspectives. Students will develop their capacity to justify their own opinions, consider alternative perspectives, pose and respond to detailed questions, present a reasoned argument to support a given hypothesis and clarify and critique the arguments of others. Discussion and debate will focus on a range of topics relevant to the agricultural sector including: contemporary farming practices; water management; carbon credits and implications for economic policy; social and cultural issues in rural contexts including Indigenous perspectives on land management.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGary Clark

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBody language and the first line managerRecommendedLawton, E 2006CHANDOS PUBLISHING
ReadingsCaring Enough to Lead: How reflective thought leads to moral leadershipRecommendedPellicer, L 20032ND EDN, CORWIN PRESS.
ReadingsFuture of ethically effective leadershipRecommendedSarwar, C 2013JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ETHICS, VOL. 113, NO. 1, PP. 81-89.
ReadingsIn search of sustainabilityRecommendedGoldie J, Douglas B, and Furness B (eds) 2005CSIRO PUBLISHING, COLLINGWOOD.
ReadingsManaging Australia's environmentRecommendedDovers S & Wild River S (eds) 2003THE FEDERATION PRESS, SYDNEY.
ReadingsRural Links viewed 5 August 2013 Broadcasting Commission, SydneyABC, RURAL 2004
ReadingsRural and Regional CommunitiesRecommendedGrigorian M. 2005NSW DEPT. OF COMMUNITY SERVICES, SYDNEY.
ReadingsSustainability Issues for Agriculture in Western Australia, Revised 2006RecommendedBennet, A, Kingwell, R & George, R 2002DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, PERTH WA.
ReadingsThe Art of WarRecommendedSun tzu, 2005EL NORTE PRESS, MONTERREY.
ReadingsTowards sustainability: emerging systems for informing sustainable developmentRecommendedVenning, J & Higgins, J (eds) 2001UNSW PRESS, SYDNEY.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and discuss current and emerging environmental, economic and social issues in agricultural leadership that drives innovation

Case studies will be used in tutorials to analyse issues such as the Murray Darling Basin Management, foreign ownership of assets and live export of animals. Consideration of traditional and innovative soutions to some of these issues will be discussed and presented to the class.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)

02. Develop and convey a considered personal and professional ethic and philosophy in relation to agricultural leadership

Discussion and debate of ethical issues as they pertain to human interaction in personal and professional business situations will occur in tutorials. Long and short term environmental issues, animal ethics and treatment and responsibilities of leaders will be debated. Students will be guided in the formulation of reasoned arguments and the logical consideration of alternative points of view.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Speaking (Speaking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Writing (Writing)

03. Apply research, communication and agricultural leadership skills in a variety of settings

Students will get practice in developing persuasive arguments to assist their understanding of leadership in a variety of contexts.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Speaking (Speaking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Writing (Writing)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2016, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGary Clark

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
Two 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Debate10 02
Essay (2000 words)50 01
Group presentation (30 mins)15 02, 03
Personal opinion piece (1200 words)25 02, 03