FOOD PRODUCTION IN A CHANGING WORLD

AGR1FCW

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject explores human food production, its historical, contemporary and future challenges from both Australian and global perspectives. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of human food production and the key factors driving change in food production systems, including population dynamics, advances in technology and commercialisation . Contemporary food production issues, such as globalisation of markets, food safety and quality assurance, and food security will be explored. Issues of change and sustainability in global food production systems will be explored, including concepts such as climate change, agro-ecosystem resilience and social license.

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
ReadingsEarth's Future: A global geospatial ecosystem services estimate of urban agricultureRecommendedClinton N. 2018American Geophysical Union 6(1): 40-60
ReadingsAn obsolete dichotomy? Rethinking the rural-urban boundaryRecommendedLemer, A & Eakin, H 2011THE GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNAL, VOL. 177, NO.
ReadingsAquaculture and food crisis:RecommendedLiao, I & Chao, N 2009,ASIS PACIFIC JOURNAL
ReadingsThe Future of Fish Farming May Be IndoorsRecommendedPoppick 2018Scientific American
ReadingsBeyond Industrial Agriculture? Some questionsRecommendedWoodhouse, P 2010JOURNAL OF AGRARIAN CHANGE, VOL. 10, NO. 3,
ReadingsFood, farmers, and the future: Investigating prospects of increased food production within a national contextRecommendedForbord M and Vik J 2017. LAND USE POLICY 67: 546-557
ReadingsClimate change and food security: health impacts inRecommendedlake, I, Hooper, L & Waldron, K 2012ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PERSPECTIVES,
ReadingsClimate induced historic andfuture changes in viticultureRecommendedSchultz, H & Jones, G 2010JOURNAL OF WINE
ReadingsCross boundary farming: can this challenging farmingRecommendedMuenstermann, I 2009RURAL SOCIETY, VOL. 19, NO. 3, PP. 262-274
ReadingsDeveloping potential adaptations to climateRecommendedAbrahams, M, Reynolds, C,AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS AND FARMING
ReadingsDiversified Farming Systems: An AgroecologicalRecommendedKremen, C Iles, A & Bacon, c 2012ECOLOGY & SOCIETY, VOL. 17, NO.4, PP. 288-306
ReadingsFarming the seaRecommendedAsche, F 2008MARINE RESOURCES
ReadingsGlobal food supply: a challenge for sustainableRecommendedLeaver, J 2011NUTRITION BULLETIN, VOL. 36, NO. 4, PP.
ReadingsNot merely an advertisement: purity, trustRecommendedParcell, L & Lamme M, 2012AMERICAN JOURNALISM, VOL. 29, NO. 4, PP. 94-127
ReadingsThe role or marine aquaculture in meeting theRecommendedLangan, R 2008JOURNAL OF FOOD SERVICE, VOL. 19, NO. 4,

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 population dynamics, advances in technology, and commercialisation..

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, case studies and readings will be used to explore the evolution and development of food production systems. Assessment will consist of quizzes and case study, research and report

02. Investigate and discuss contemporary issues in food production systems, including globalisation of markets, food safety and quality assurance, and food security.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, case studies and readings will be used to explore how current systems of food production respond to globalization, and issues of food safety and food security. Assessment will consist of case study, research and report.

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

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, case 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 case study, research and report.

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

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, case studies and readings will be used to explore the Australian perspective of food production subject to climate change. Assessment will consist of a modelling case study, research and report.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2020, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnthony Gendall

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 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."

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

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 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 production and drivers of change quiz (650-words equivalent)This quiz is based on material from Topics 1 and 2. It includes 10 multiple choice and 10 short-answer questions, completed online 15 01
Contemporary issues and sustainability project (2250- words )This assignment assessment is based on topics 4 to 63 to 8. Six short answer (100-word) problem solving tasks, and one long answer (500- word) case study analysis.It consists of a major report detailing historical evolution, contemporary issues and future projections in a selected agricultural industry, including evolving markets, patterns of technology innovation, and issues of sustainability and quality a50 02, 03
Climate change management plan (1600- words equivalent)This case study is based on topics 9 to 12. It consists of a climate change management plan, based on climate change modelling, for a selected agricultural industry 35 04