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Unit description

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.

Unit content

  1. A long history of farming and traditional agricultural systems
  2. Influence of climate, soils and topography on farming landscapes
  3. The social and economic context of farming systems
  4. Challenges in contemporary farming systems, including cropping, horticulture and livestock
  5. Complex adaptive socio-ecological systems in food production, including farmer decision-making
  6. Holism: ecology, agriculture and the regenerative agriculture movement.

 

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1describe the cultural, environmental and production characteristics of different food production systems over timeKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
2describe some of the major challenges in agricultural systemsKnowledge of a discipline
3describe some of the complex influences on farmer decision-makingEthical practice
4discuss the attributes and philosophy of complex systems in the context of food productionKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence

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
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. describe some of the major challenges in agricultural systems
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. describe some of the complex influences on farmer decision-making
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  4. discuss the attributes and philosophy of complex systems in the context of food production
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

  • 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.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hrs (11 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hr (11 weeks)
Residential session 8 hrs (2 days)
Assessment
Discussion board10%
Portfolio60%
Reflective writing30%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hrs (11 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hr (11 weeks)
Residential session 8 hrs (2 days)
Assessment
Discussion board10%
Portfolio60%
Reflective writing30%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

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