- Code EMDV8082
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Environmental Management & Development
- Areas of interest Environmental Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof John McCarthy
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Second Semester 2024
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This course is available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. All students participate in interactive, real-time classes.
Spikes in food prices and fears stirred up by a changing climate, increasing energy and water needs and the increasing concentration of power in global food systems have heightened concerns about food security, inequality and the sustainability of agriculture. In the context of these immense challenges, including ongoing challenges facing ‘globalised agriculture’, the course introduces students to critical policy debates regarding how agriculture might develop in a fashion that minimises environmental and social inequalities and vulnerabilities. Scholars are deeply concerned with the conditions under which specific policies and projects can support a sustainable development agenda that is more friendly to the poor and to the environment.
Students will engage with key concepts and competing theories and approaches to agri-food issues. This includes competing explanations of the causes of food insecurity and crises, and the critical examination of the connections between agriculture, poverty and rural development. The course focuses on debates between advocates of 'mainstream' development approaches and alternative approaches that challenges conventional wisdom regarding pathways out of poverty, climate adaptation and transitions to sustainable agriculture. Students are encouraged to draw on a wide range of scholarly approaches to think critically about how to address the challenges posed by climate change, human rights, hunger and inequality. In undertaking this course, students will therefore gain capacities to research and analyse critical agri-food issues and communicate arguments about possible policy implications and options on cases of their choosing.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Critically appraise key policy problems facing the agricultural and rural sectors and the livelihoods of rural dwellers in the contemporary developing world.
- Analyse food and nutritional security issues arising from a combination of economic, political, and natural processes.
- Debate key perspectives on food systems, food security and agricultural policy.
- Consider the potentialities and limits of selected widely promoted and replicated policies for addressing climate change, food and nutritional security and inequality.
- Research and analyse critical agri-food issues, argue for options for reform and contribute to policy debates.
- Class preparation (300 words per week for 4 weeks) (10) [LO 1,2,3]
- Survey of key concepts (1200 words) (30) [LO 4,5]
- Seminar contribution (400 words) (10) [LO 1,2]
- Presentation of discussion paper (draft) (0) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Discussion paper (2000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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A standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including in-class time and independent study.
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|Last day to enrol
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|Mode Of Delivery
|22 Jul 2024
|29 Jul 2024
|31 Aug 2024
|25 Oct 2024
|22 Jul 2024
|29 Jul 2024
|31 Aug 2024
|25 Oct 2024