AGRI20003 Sustainable Food Systems

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

June, Dookie - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 26-Jun-2017 to 30-Jun-2017
Assessment Period End 17-Nov-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 27-Jun-2017
Census Date 28-Jul-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 22-Sep-2017

Delivered over a five-day intensive study block at the Dookie campus (26 June - 30 June 2017). Accommodation and catering are available on campus. Single room accommodation with shared bathroom facilities, breakfast, lunch and evening meals - approx $450.

Further details about staying at Dookie can be viewed at Dookie Intensives or contact: Jacinta Way, Academic Support Officer, Dookie Campus, email: jway@unimelb.edu.au

Timetable can be viewed here.
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Ms Ros Gall



Subject Overview:

The Australian food industry plays an important role in the Australian economy. The industry encompasses a number of segments from agricultural production, food processing and distribution through to retail sales. A key feature of the food industry is its diversity. The future of the industry will be affected by how well it responds to the changing demands of society.

This subject introduces students to food production systems and challenges them to create more sustainable approaches to this production. Topics include, food production in Australia - where it happens and why - how it is changing to meet both the needs of the environment and society, associated impacts on the sustainability of regional communities, trade and policy issues which impact on distribution, global food movements and ongoing changes and innovations in global food markets, as well as resource economics implications in developing and developed countries. Future implications of policy and legislative and other changes will be assessed in terms of their impact on the changing structure of food production in Australia.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students will be able to define, evaluate and apply the concepts of:

  • Agriculture and food security with respect to affordability, accessibility, appropriateness, availability and sustainability, food
  • The impact of policy on agriculture and food systems
  • Trade policy and its impacts on food production and distribution
  • Issues impacting on sustainable food production including, climate change, carbon trading, ethical food production and global movements of food
  • Group presentation (10-minute) due during the intensive week (20%)
  • Assignment (2000 words) due approximately week 9 of Semester 2 (30%)
  • 2-hour end-of-semester 2 examination (50%)

Prescribed Texts:

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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:

This subject encompasses particular generic skills. On completion of the subject, students should have the:

  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning and research
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation, through the application of skills and knowledge
  • Ability to integrate information across a broad range of disciplines to solve problems in applied situations
  • Highly developed written communication skills to allow informed dialogue with individuals and groups from industry, government and the community
  • Ability to participate effectively as a member of a team
  • Ability to plan work, use time effectively and manage small projects
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Agricultural Economics
Plant and Soil Science
Production Animal Health
Production Animal Science
Sustainable Production
Related Breadth Track(s): Feeding the World's Population

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