• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Science, Environmental Science
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Steven Crimp
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2025
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This course will introduce students to advanced concepts associated with agri-food system innovation and adaptation. This course will build on understanding gained in ENVS2023 and ENVS6223 and explore how innovation and adaptation:

  • can identify future opportunities and mitigate threats or productivity declines in agri-food systems;
  • can alter existing trajectories away from commodity-specific and incremental change, towards transformational change;
  • can ensure that a more balanced approach to delivering agri-food system outcomes is achieved, that considers multiple outcomes e.g. economic, environmental and social;
  • must operate in tandem with an improved regulatory environment in order to achieve sustained agri-food system outcomes.

The course is intended to provide students the knowledge and skills to be able to identify where disruptions may occur in existing agri-food systems and formulate technical and policy-based adaptation options that will serve to mitigate these disruptions.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the interconnectivity of domain knowledge critical to the modern agricultural system.
  2. Describe innovation and change within the agrifood and environmental systems.
  3. Critically review strategies for managing innovation and change within agricultural systems.
  4. Engage, inform and influence stakeholders in the agri system.
  5. Describe and compare specialised knowledge and skills in the area of agricultural innovation.

Work Integrated Learning


Students may engage with WIL partners (internal/external) as a component of the course

Other Information

If you do not meet the requisites for this course, it may be possible to receive a permission code. If you are prompted for a permission code on ISIS, please request one online via the following form

Indicative Assessment

  1. Quizzes (20) [LO 1,2,5]
  2. Workshop papers (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Group oral presentation (10) [LO 2,3,4]
  4. Research report (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the session including:

  • Face-to face component consisting of 30 hours of contact delivered over 6 weeks comprising 2 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 3 hour workshops.
  • 36 hours of mentored group based activity over 6 weeks.
  • Approximately 64 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures, workshops, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 48 units towards a degree. Students should have either completed or be concurrently enrolled in ENVS2023. Incompatible with ENVS6342.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Students will be assigned published papers or reviews as background to core topics and expected to discuss these in the workshops.

Assumed Knowledge

Basic grounding in principles presented in ENVS2024.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8143 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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