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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Geographies of food security: key concepts and this unit
    • Introduction to the concept, dimensions and measurements of food security
    • Scale and food security patterns
    • Population growth, settlement patterns and urbanisation
    • 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
    • Food Safety: protecting populations and controlling markets
    • 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
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links

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. 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 - Report (50%)
  • Assignment 3 - Exercise B (25%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

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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