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MAB341 - Global Challenges: Food, Water and Climate


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Warrnambool, Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Risti Permani

MAB242 or MAB251 or MAE305

Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2 hour class per week and 1 x 2 hour seminar every second week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online Independent and collaborative learning activities including 5 scheduled online seminars


This Unit will revisit the 21st century key issues facing the food and agricultural sector, namely food and water security and climate change, as well as other issues such as the food-energy nexus, food loss and waste management, among others. It will frame the discussions through the use of relevant conceptual frameworks and analytical tools related to sustainable development and natural resource management, and making reference to case studies from Australia as well as other parts of the world. Students will also be provided opportunity to critically evaluate the ongoing global and Australian efforts to address these challenges covering topics such as the pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals, foreign aid, and free trade agreements.

  These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit.
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Apply underlying principles behind sustainable development and natural resource management into the discussions on global food and agriculture challenges.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Present a coherent and justified commentary on prevailing global challenges in agribusiness, namely food and water security and climate change, as well as other issues such as the food-energy nexus, food loss and waste management, among others. GLO2: Communication


Source, sort and report relevant information and statistics on key issues facing the world agriculture GLO3: Digital Literacy


Critically comment on ongoing policy discourse and efforts to address key issues facing the world agriculture, taking into account different socio- economic, ethical and sustainable contexts. GLO8: Global Citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1 (individual) – Oral presentation and a handout 5 minutes presentation; and a two-page handout 20% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 (individual) – Individual Written Report 2000 words max 30% Information not yet available
Examination 2 hours 50% Exam period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

Hurdle requirement: Submit all assessments

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