OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

Introduces the global extent and impact of food production systems through human history. Reviews different approaches to food production since the advent of agriculture. Presents a classification of food production systems, including industrial; conventional; traditional; organic; and agroecology. Focusses on sustainability challenges of feeding the growing population. Introduces the concept of regenerative agriculture and the world of complex systems.

Unit content

  • A complex systems view of food production
  • A long history of farming
  • The industrial agriculture phase
  • The (re)emergence of alternative agriculture and regenerative farming
  • The self as an integral element of the complexity paradigm
  • The role of the farmer in farming systems
  • Ecological dimensions of farming
  • Agroecology in action
  • Looking back and looking forward.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Charles Massey, 2017, Call of the Reed Warbler, UQP.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Lecture online 2 hours (6 weeks)
Residential session 2 days (1 week)
Discussion board15%
Reflective Journal35%

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