AGRIBUS 7054 - Global Food & Agricultural Policy Analysis
North Terrace Campus - Trimester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code AGRIBUS 7054 Course Global Food & Agricultural Policy Analysis Coordinating Unit Centre for Global Food and Resources Term Trimester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Taught as an Intensive Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description Policies affecting agricultural and food businesses are examined using an economic framework and an international perspective. Students develop a solid understanding of the agricultural and food policy environment, the policy formulation process, and the role, rationale and economic consequences of government intervention in food and agricultural markets. They will develop the skills and working knowledge necessary to critically assess current and potential changes to domestic and global agricultural and food policy, trade policy, environmental and natural resource policy, and market regulations. Basic economic theoretical concepts and analytical tools are used to deal with the policy issues being discussed. For example, students will gain experience conducting cost benefit analyses using various policy instruments and programs. Each topic is motivated by a current or emerging issue facing the food and agricultural sectors of the economy.
Course Coordinator: Dr Alexandra PeraltaLecturer in Charge: Dr. Alexandra Peralta
Location: North TCE Campus Office: 5.20 Nexus10 Tower
Office Hours: Friday 1-2 pm.
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesThis course will demonstrate how economists tackle a range of policy-related issues that are relevant to food and agricultural businesses. Economics is often divided into two streams: microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics deals with how individuals and firms choose to allocate scarce resources, how markets work and how government intervention may affect market processes and firms in the market. Macroeconomics deals with the “big” picture; for example, national output and employment. We will deal with policy issues from both fields, but we will focus mostly on microeconomic issues.
When it comes to policy issues, there are often no “right” answers, but economic principles and concepts are useful for analysing and comparing the social impacts of different policy scenarios. Basic theoretical tools are introduced as required to deal with the issues being discussed. In the process students are exposed to a large number of economic concepts and analytical tools, and to the “language” of economists. After learning the “basics”, these new skills are utilized to examine the potential economic impacts of different policy instruments that might be used to deal with current issues facing agricultural and food markets. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to professionally communicate with economists in a variety of situations, for example when they are working with government officials, as consultants, or simply when they are attempting to assert their opinion in related forums.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate practical applications of policy analysis related to agriculture and food value chain issues
- Discuss the economic and political feasibility of policy changes and instruments
- Develop the ability to think critically about the need for policies and policy reforms
- Identify and analyse how public policy and firm and firm decisions affect agribusiness, market, and society
- Recognize policy related problems and anticipate opportunities available in the market
- Write concise summaries of policies affecting the agricultural and food sectors, and argue orally its implications
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,3,4 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1,2,3,4,5 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
2,3,4,5,6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
3,4,5,6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1,2,3,4,5,6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesAssigned readings and related materials, that will be posted on the course MyUni website, and lecture notes. Lecture notes are not substitute for the assigned readings, they constitute a guide for the lectures and are not comprehensive.
We will use different textbooks available for check out at The University of Adelaide Library and for online reading via The University of Adelaide Library website http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/
Lectures will be recorded but they are not substitute for class attendance. Rather, a source for reviewing course materials when need it.
Available for check out at the University of Adelaide library and for on-line reading at the University of Adelaide Library website http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library:
Nestle, M. (2007). Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition, and Health, Revised and Expanded Edition (Revised and Expanded Edition edition). Berkeley: University of California Press.
Norton, G. W., Alwang, J., & Masters, W. A. (2014). Economics of Agricultural Development: World Food Systems and Resource Use (3 edition). New York: Routledge.
Pinstrup-Andersen, P., & II, D. D. W. (2011). Food Policy for Developing Countries: The Role of Government in Global, National, and Local Food Systems. Cornell University Press.
Available for check out at the University of Adelaide Library http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library:
Mankiw, N. (2004). Principles of Economics. Cengage Learning.
Penson et al. (2014). Introduction to Agricultural Economics. Pearson/Prentice Hall.
Ray, D. (1998). Development Economics. Princeton University Press.
Available on-line to download at the University of Adelaide Library website http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library:
Microeconomics - A Fresh Start. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.springer.com/economics/microeconomics/book/978-3-642-37433-3
For the required and recommended readings for each lecture, please check the course reading list.
Journal articles and peer reviewed journals.
Some recommended peer review journals are Food Policy, World Development, Global Food Security, Agricultural Economics, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Some websites with working papers and policy briefs include http://repec.org/, http://ideas.repec.org/, http://econpapers.repec.org/, International Food Research Policy Institute IFPRI www.ifpri.org, World Bank www.worldbank.org and https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/2160. Resources are not limited to these ones, newspaper articles and research centre working papers are additional excellent sources of information. I will provide other resources in MyUni and in the course reading list.
Online LearningMyUni will be used to post all class materials, articles, quizzes, and announcements.
All communication for this course will take place via email and MyUni. You are expected to be checking your University of Adelaide email (@adelaide.edu.au) frequently to check for course updates.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe class will consist of structured lectures and in-class activities that will expose students to all of the basic economic concepts with examples and case studies of real situations in which the knowledge acquired can be applied. Class discussion and online discussion will be encouraged during and outside course contact hours. In some cases, class time will be allocated to solve and practice problems and exercises. Students are expected to come prepare to class, which means that they must read the required readings for each lecture before the lectures. This is essential for understanding the material, clarify questions, and participate in class activities. Since this course is thought in an intensive format, students are encouraged to start reading the class material ahead of time in the trimester, before the course contact hours begin.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The course consists of 4 contact hours per day and 12 hours a week, 7 to 10 hours per week of independent or group study outside of the classroom. Since this course is thought as an intensive course, students are expected to start reading and preparing the material for contact hours before Day 1, when contact hours begin.
Learning Activities Summary
Week Learning Activity Related Learning Outcomes Every week Lectures 1,2,3,4,5,6 Every week Class activities 1,2,3,4,5,6
Examples included in the course material are frequently updated.
The tentative lecture schedule is presented below. Any major changes to this schedule will be announced in class and on MyUni. Day Topic 1 Introduction to the course. Current issues in food and agricultural policy. What is agricultural/food policy? Market failure. Rational for government intervention.
2 Review of the concept of elasticity. Agricultural and food policy instruments. Taxes and subsidies. Price controls.
3 Domestic market policies. Marketing systems, food and agricultural markets. Food and agricultural production, supply policies. Green revolution. 4 International trade policy instruments. Developed and developing countries price policies and its effects in the food system.
5 Environmental policy instruments. Soil and water conservation. Common pool resources.
Invited Lecturer: Dr. Adam Loch.
6 Human health and nutrition policies. Examples of policies aim to improve nutrition (vitamin supplements, school programs). Nutrition facts vs. labelling.
Invited lecturer: Dr. Lenka Malek
7 Obesity and the double burden of under and over nutrition. Examples of issues and policies.
Invited lecturer: Dr. Di Zeng.
8 Food aid. Cash transfers.
9 Food safety. Local Food.
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Assignment 1 Individual 10% 1,2,3,4,5,6 Assignment 2 Individual 10% 1,2,3,4,5 Policy Brief Group 30% 1,2,3,4,5,6 Participation in class activities Individual 10% 1,2,3,4,5,6 Final exam Individual 40% 1,2,3,4,5,6 Total 100%
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Assessment Detail(i) Assignments
Students will submit two assignments during the semester. The lecturer will post the assignment one week ahead of its deadline. These assignments will be based on the course material and additional short readings. You can discuss your assignment with your classmates but you must turn it individually.
(ii) Policy brief
Students will submit a collaborative policy brief as part of the course assessment. The lecturer will post the topic of the policy brief and guidelines on MyUni. Example policy briefs will be uploaded for students’ guidance. A template will be provided and you are expected to use it and strictly follow the provided instructions, otherwise penalties apply.
The policy brief should contain a cover letter with the class title student(s) name(s), student(s) id, and date of submission. References should follow the American Psychological Association (APA) format and the list of references should be presented at the end of the policy brief.
Policy brief should be double spaced, with 2.6 cm margins, font size 12, Times New Roman or Times, in A4 size paper. The policy brief should not be less than 1500 words and no more than 1800 words.
Failure to follow formatting guidelines will result in a 20% penalty on the final mark for the policy brief.
The pilicy brief guidelines and a rubric for marking will be available in MyUni.
(iii) Participation in class activities.
Attendance to all lectures, guest lectures, and class activities is expected. Participation in class activities will be marked separately. Notes, class exercises, written questions and comments will be collected to mark your class participation. Guidelines and marking schemes will be provided depending on the activity.
(iv) Final Exam.
The final exam is comprehensive. All the material covered in the class will be evaluated, including class activities, assignment and invited lectures.
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