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.
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:
- apply key concepts in Human Ecology to rural systems, and communicate these to a range of audiences in effective written and oral form
- understand and explain key rural systems concepts and perspectives
- critically examine complex rural systems using a range of frameworks and tools 4. describe constraints and opportunities for future sustainable non-urban living.
Biennial course. Not offered in 2014. Next Offered in 2015.
- 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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65 contact hours contact comprising lectures, practicals and fieldwork in a semi-intensive mode over 9 weeks of second semester.
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|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|