• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Sociology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course examines relationships between global processes of economic, environmental and social change and situated, micro-level experiences of food and environmental (in)security within communities in both the developing and developed worlds. The global will not be treated as a context for local experience, but as a contested project pursued by multilateral agencies, governments and corporations. The successes and failures of export-led development strategy will be evaluated alongside the alternative visions of international peasant movements, civil society organisations, alternative trade advocates and others.  Key themes will include the rise and influence of the globalisation project, the role of the private sector in cross-border food and environmental governance, the ecological and social sustainability of globalisation, prospects for food security in an era of climate change and rising energy costs, and the responses of communities to globalising pressures.

Learning Outcomes

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

Students who satisfy the requirements of this course will be able to:

  1. Explain, from a sociological perspective, the causes of food and environmental security and insecurity.
  2. Utilise sociological theory and evidence to explore the implications of various development strategies for people and environments.
  3. Critically analyse policy and other responses to food and environmental insecurity.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial participation (Learning Outcomes 1–3) 10%
  2. Tutorial Presentation (Learning Outcomes 1-3) 10%
  3. Essay of 1,500 words on key concepts covered in the course (Learning Outcome 1) 30%
  4. Research essay of 2,500 words in which students analyse detailed case study of food and/or environmental insecurity (Learning Outcomes 2 and 3) 50%

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There will be one two hour lecture and one one hour tutorial every week. Students will be expected to undertake 7 hours independent learning each week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level SOCY or ANTH or ENVS or POLS courses; or permission of the convenor

Prescribed Texts

McMichael, P. 2012. Development and social change: a global perspective. Fifth Edition. Sage: London.



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:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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