ADH712 - Food and Water Security


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil


Corequisite: Nil
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

2.5 day intensive scheduled for week 6

4 x online seminar (week 1 and 2, 8 and 9)

Scheduled learning activities - online

2.5 day intensive scheduled for week 6 (4 x 2 hour intensive over the 2.5 day period)

4 x 1 hour online seminar (week 1 and 2, 8 and 9) 


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, 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.

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