Geographies of Food Security - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Exercise A (25%) , Assignment 2 - Exercise B (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

This unit will provide an insight into the global food situation and the challenge to increase food production given the contexts of population growth and increased competition over access to resources. A range of topics will be examined through case studies from Australia and its region. These case studies will highlight the linkages between urban, peri-urban and rural landscapes, economies and societies.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. examine the geographical principles of sustainable environments
  2. identify and evaluate key issues relating to the global food situation and the challenges to increase food production
  3. critically evaluate adaptation strategies to address the challenges of food security
  4. apply critical skills in the interpretation, presentation and analysis of data
  5. synthesise the analytical skills by evaluating and reporting on a specific challenge relating to Food Security.
  • Assignment 1 — Exercise A (25%)
  • Assignment 2 — Exercise B (25%)
  • Report (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Geographies of food security: key concepts and this unit
2Introduction to the concept, dimensions and measurements of food security
3Scale and food security patterns
4Population growth, settlement patterns and urbanisation
5Geographies of food consumption
6Environmental challenges: climate change, water availability and adaptation
7Global food networks, supply chains and vertical integration
8Food insecurity, conflict and aid
9Food Safety: protecting populations and controlling markets
10Sustainable livelihoods case study: small holder settlers in Papua New Guinea
11Urban agriculture and farmers markets
12Indigenous food security: from land conflict to health promotions

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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