FOOD PRODUCTION IN A CHANGING WORLD

AGR1FCW

2019

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.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnthony Gendall

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

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

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe and explain the historical evolution of human food production, and the key factors driving change in food production systems, including climate change, advances in technology and population dynamics.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorial, cases studies and readings will be used to explore the evolution and development of food production systems. Assessment will consist of problem-solving tasks and case study analysis

02. Investigate and discuss drivers of change in contemporary food production systems, including commercialization, globalisation of markets, food safety and food security.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, cases studies and readings will be used to explore how current systems of food production respond to commercialization and globalisation, Assessment will consist of problem-solving tasks, and case study analysis.

03. Investigate issues of change and sustainability in global food production systems, including environmental and social dimensions of sustainability.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, cases studies and readings will be used to explore issues of change and sustainability in global food production systems, including economic, environmental and social dimensions. Assessment will consist of problem-solving tasks, and case study analysis.

04. Describe the Australian perspective on assessing, modelling and managing food production systems in the face of changing global climate.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, cases studies and readings will be used to explore the Australian perspective of food production and climate change., Assessment will consist of problem-solving tasks, and case study analysis.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
Two 2.5 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students can choose either the face-to-face or virtual (Online) class option."

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
Two 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Students complete online activities (pre-recorded lectures and other materials) prior to the scheduled workshop."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Evolution of human food assignment (1,100-words equivalent)All assignments are a combination of problem solving tasks and case study analysis. This assignment is based on topics 1 to 3. It includes six short answer (100-word) problem solving tasks, and one long answer (500-word) case study analysis. 25 01
Change in contemporary food production assignment (1,100-words equivalent)This assignment is based on topics 4 to 6. Six short answer (100-word) problem solving tasks, and one long answer (500-word) case study analysis.25 02
Sustainability in global food production assignment (1,100-words equivalent)This assignment is based on topics 7 to 9. Six short answer (100-word) problem solving tasks, and one long answer (500-word) case study analysis.25 03
Australian food production systems assignment (1,100-words equivalent)This assignment is based on topics 10 to 12. Six short answer (100-word) problem solving tasks, and one long answer (500-word) case study analysis.25 04