Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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. evaluate adaptation strategies to address the challenges of food security
  4. develop skills in the interpretation, presentation and analysis of data.
    • Geographies of food security: key concepts and this unit
    • Introduction to Food Security: Concepts and Measurement
    • Scale and food security
    • Population growth, settlement patterns and urbanization
    • Geographies of food consumption
    • Environmental challenges: climate change, water availability and adaptation
    • Global Food Networks, Supply Chains and Vertical Integration
    • Food insecurity, conflict and aid
    • Livelihoods and food security: a framework for understanding poverty and intervention
    • Sustainable livelihoods case study: small holder settlers in Papua New Guinea
    • Urban Agriculture and Farmers Markets
    • Indigenous food security: from land conflict to health promotions
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online materials

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


Note: Level 2 subjects normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 subjects or other relevant experience.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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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  • Exercise (35%)
  • Report (50%)
  • Test (15%)

Textbooks are not required.

Textbook information is pending.

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