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ADS712 - Food Security

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Offering information:

Offered alternate years - 2017, 2019

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:


Unit chair:

Max Kelly





Incompatible with:

AID612, AID712

Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


Ending hunger, ensuring food security and sustainable food production, as well as improving nutrition is a complex challenge. This unit equips students with a critical understanding of food systems, links from food production to consumption, livelihoods, secure and safe access to food for all, and food utilisation.

The unit considers diverse understandings of food, from rights based approaches embedded in the food sovereignty discourse, to food security, and food as a commodity.  It explores sustainable development, environmental and resource management and conservation, and agricultural/rural production systems, as well as aid and trade.

Linkages between social, environmental and economic influences on development will be investigated, alongside critical review of debates on population, conflict and natural disasters, resource scarcity, poverty, and equality. Theoretical debate will be used to inform practical analysis and case studies of policy and programme responses, in development, emergency relief, and community contexts, globally and locally.


Online Exercises, 20%

Essay, 30%, 1500 words

Essay, 50%, 2500 words

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