FOOD WATER AND ENVIRONMENT

GEG3FWE

2020

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

By 2050, the world will be faced with the challenge of providing water, food and a sustainable environment for an estimated 9 billion human inhabitants. Securing our environmental well-being and sustaining global and local food and water supplies are three of the most critical problems faced by current and future generations. Patterns of food production, land use, consumption and the globalisation of food systems as well as processes of urbanisation and climate change have implications for community health, cultural practices, and economic well-being. This subject examines the role of food production and consumption in securing land and water resources and providing for healthy communities. Case studies, drawn from Latin America, Asia, and Australia, will explore the policy, socio-cultural practices, and economies of food production and consumption, emphasising, as well, the role of water security and sustainable development. Students will explore, critique, and develop strategies, policies, techniques and actions for addressing the interconnected challenges of securing food, water, and the environment.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNatalie Araujo

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Completion of 120cps of subjects at first year level

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PLA4CFD, PLA3CFD, PLA3FWE

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe atlas of climate change: mapping the world's greatest challenge,RecommendedDow, K. and Downing, T.EARTHSCAN 2006
ReadingsGlobal Food CrisisRecommendedHealey, J. (2011)Spinney Press

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Contextualise cultural and economic practices of food production and consumption at a local and global level

Activities:
Online lectures, case studies, online activities
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)

02. Develop an understanding of the role of land use planning in food and water security

Activities:
Online lectures, case studies

03. Investigate the capacity of local food production in a selected case study area

Activities:
Online lectures, case studies, project proposal
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)

04. Understand relationships between food production and consumption in Australia and how food security can be further strengthened

Activities:
Online lectures, case studies

Subject options

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Albury-Wodonga, 2020, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNatalie Araujo

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours lecture/seminar per week from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Project proposal (1200 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04
Online quizzes (1200 word equivalent)30 01, 02, 04
Written assessment (1800 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04

Bendigo, 2020, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNatalie Araujo

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours lecture/seminar per week from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Project proposal (1200 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04
Online quizzes (1200 word equivalent)30 01, 02, 04
Written assessment (1800 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNatalie Araujo

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours lecture/seminar per week from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Project proposal (1200 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04
Online quizzes (1200 word equivalent)30 01, 02, 04
Written assessment (1800 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04

Mildura, 2020, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNatalie Araujo

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours lecture/seminar per week from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Project proposal (1200 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04
Online quizzes (1200 word equivalent)30 01, 02, 04
Written assessment (1800 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04

Shepparton, 2020, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNatalie Araujo

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours lecture/seminar per week from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Project proposal (1200 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04
Online quizzes (1200 word equivalent)30 01, 02, 04
Written assessment (1800 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04