• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science

The course focuses on the sustainability of human food systems. Agricultural systems in Australia and internationally are examined from a complex systems perspective at local, national and global scales, covering production, transport, storage, manufacturing and use of food and fibre. An interdisciplinary approach provides historical, geographical, social and political perspectives on agriculture in Australia. Key concepts in agricultural management and development are introduced and discussed including rural livelihoods, agro-ecology, sustainability, food security, adaptation, conservation agriculture, value chains and innovation systems. In addition to social and economic systems, biophysical and production systems are studied, including fertility management and nutrient cycling, pest and disease control, input replacement and system redesign, genetic engineering and energy inputs and outputs. Production issues are integrated into the broader social, cultural and economic contexts of family farming and agri-business, consumer demand and marketing, international trade and rural policy. Examples are drawn from Australia and a range of other countries including Indonesia, Syria, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and India. The course includes field visits to farm and food industry enterprises designed to give students first hand experience of issues and topics raised in lectures. Attendance on field trips is a course requirement.

 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. apply key concepts in Human Ecology to rural systems, and communicate these to a range of audiences in effective written and oral form
  2. understand and explain key rural systems concepts and perspectives
  3. critically examine complex rural systems using a range of frameworks and tools 4. describe constraints and opportunities for future sustainable non-urban living.

Other Information

Biennial course. Not offered in 2014.  Next Offered in 2015.

Indicative Assessment

  • Presentation (25%) (LO 1,2,3)
  • Practical report (25%) (LO 1,2,3)
  • Major field research report (50%) (LO 1,2,3,4)

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Workload

65 contact hours contact comprising lectures, practicals and fieldwork in a semi-intensive mode over 9 weeks of second semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 72 units towards a degree, including ENVS2011 or ENVS1001. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed SRES3023 or ENVS3023 Agroecology and Sustainable Systems.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1650
2004 $1926
2005 $2298
2006 $2520
2007 $2520
2008 $2916
2009 $2916
2010 $2916
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2946
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2004 $3450
2005 $3450
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1664 13 Jul 2015 13 Jul 2015 31 Jul 2015 18 Sep 2015 In Person N/A

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