HSN105 - Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: HSNM105
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

Equivalent of 1 x 1 hour online lecture related to specific topics
1 x 2 hour seminar or equivalent per week


Dietary patterns and the way food is produced can have a major impact on the environment and the environment has a major impact on the food system. This raises concerns about the food system’s future ability to produce sufficient food for food and nutrition security. Governments, non-government organisations, academia, the private sector and citizens are urgently seeking solutions to these public health nutrition problems.

This unit will explore the bidirectional relationship between our food system and environmental sustainability. It will examine how Australia’s food system may be contributing to environmental degradation through greenhouse gas emissions, water use and ecosystem changes, such as the loss of biodiversity and how this impacts on health. In addition, it will examine the effects of global warming on the food system and the threats to food security. Following on from this, the unit will ascertain what changes are needed to ensure a prosperous and ecologically sustainable food system.

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