Humanity has made great progress towards a food secure world over the past several decades. Continuing this progress in a world where environmental constraints are becoming increasingly obvious is the next great challenge. The shortfalls in global food security are manifested in particular by the triple burden of malnutrition/undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, and obesity. In this unit, students will explore state-of-the-art research, analysis, and global visions for a food secure planet from a wide range of perspectives, including technological, biophysical, behavioural, economic, institutional, political, and social. The course ranges across disciplines and spatiotemporal scales to examine the synergies and trade-offs between human health, social, environmental, and economic objectives and outcomes. Case studies will be used throughout the unit. Students will gain research and inquiry skills through a major research-based project. At the successful completion of the unit, students will have the core knowledge and skills to enable them to critically analyse policy, development and research goals and settings and their impact on global and regional food security.
Intensive Unit - Weeks 1-4, 15 contact hours per week (lectures, workshops and tutorial sessions)
One group presentation (60%), one individual assignment (30%), one viva voce (10%).
No prescribed textbooks
48 Credit Points of Junior and Intermediate units.
AGEN2002 and AGEN2003 and AGEN2006