Introduces agricultural concepts, including farming systems as part of the landscape in a geographic, climatic and human context. A long history of agriculture is explored, including first nations agriculture. Challenges of contemporary farming are discussed, with a focus on sustainability challenges of feeding and clothing our growing population. The concepts of regenerative agriculture and complex socio-ecological phenomena are introduced.
- A long history of farming and traditional agricultural systems
- Influence of climate, soils and topography on farming landscapes
- The social and economic context of farming systems
- Challenges in contemporary farming systems, including cropping, horticulture and livestock
- Complex adaptive socio-ecological systems in food production, including farmer decision-making
- Holism: ecology, agriculture and the regenerative agriculture movement.
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.
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:|
|1||describe the cultural, environmental and production characteristics of different food production systems over time|
|2||describe some of the major challenges in agricultural systems|
|3||describe some of the complex influences on farmer decision-making|
|4||discuss the attributes and philosophy of complex systems in the context of food production|
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- describe the cultural, environmental and production characteristics of different food production systems over time
- describe some of the major challenges in agricultural systems
- describe some of the complex influences on farmer decision-making
- discuss the attributes and philosophy of complex systems in the context of food production
- Bruce Pascoe, 2018, Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture, Magabala Books, Australia. ISBN: 9781921248016.
- Gabe Brown, 2018, Dirt to Soil, Chelsea Green Publishing Company, US. ISBN: 9781603587631.
Teaching and assessment
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