AGRIBUS 7057 - Trends & Issues in the World Food System
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code AGRIBUS 7057 Course Trends & Issues in the World Food System Coordinating Unit Centre for Global Food and Resources Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description Constantly evolving market forces and ever changing local, national, regional and international policies influence food and agricultural systems. At the same time, continually evolving socioeconomic trends shape and influence public policies. An important aim of this course is to explore, research, and analyse how key change agents and public policies impact on businesses, firms, households, producers, retailers, traders, consumers and governments. Issues we address include economic development, growth, trade, technology, food safety, nutrition, health, diet, intellectual property rights, environment, finance, supermarkets and risk. This seminar based course motivates students to grapple with the same kinds of decisions and dilemmas policy makers and business leaders confront. Students both absorb information, strategies and concepts and practice teamwork skills to resolve issues and problems.
Course Coordinator: Professor Randy StringerRandy Stringer
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The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Monday 10am - 1pm
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Course Learning Outcomes1) Enhance your conceptual skills to better analyse how global trends and international policy responses impact food and agriculture.
2) Build on knowledge gained from prior courses, integrating an international perspective into informed decision making.
3) Improve communication capacities, especially writing and presenting, for working more effectively in today’s business environment.
4) Demonstrate practical applications of policy analysis to assess global issues, evaluate options, reach decisions, and present results.
5) Acquire a global perspective on how businesses, governments and NGOs adapt to evolving agricultural and food systems.
6) By the time you finish this course, you should be comfortable writing concise summaries of international developments affecting the agriculture sector and making succinct presentations to decision makers, policy makers, and NGOs.
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,3,4,5,6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2,3,6 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4,6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3,6 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5,6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1,4
Required ResourcesRequired readings are provided on the course website. There is no required textbook for this course.
Recommended ResourcesThis is a wide-ranging course. The reading list key literaure and epirical studies that support and/or challenge what you hear in the lecture. You are expected to follow up the references to articles or books and read widely agricultural business and agricultural development journals.
For background information on the more industrial countries agricultural sectors visit OECD’s and WTO’s web pages. For developing and emerging economies, visit the World Bank’s and FAO’s web pages.
Australian government, industry bodies and NGOs present an abundant supply of excellent information and analysis on international developments on their web pages.
Online LearningPower-point slides for each lecture are made available on MyUni. So too are all the required readings related to each lecture.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesTwo teaching methods are used. The first hour or so is a lecture/discussion format covering a specific global topic. Each topic represents a current international policy question, social issue or business strategy.
The second half of class involves seminar/collaborative learning methods. The seminar sessions include group and individual presentations, with interactions, assessments, comments and critical analysis provided by all students. The lectures and seminar sessions guide and inform the group and individual assignments.
The seminars are designed to motivate students to grapple with the same kinds of decisions and dilemmas managers and policymakers confront. Seminars create a classroom to both absorb information, strategies and concepts and to practice the skills of teamwork in the face of real problems.
Learning and teaching for this course includes self-directed learning exercises and tasks. Students are expected to take an independent approach to learning by doing all prescribed readings associated with course material.
I want you to learn, enjoy and succeed in this course. This means I need you to ask questions when confused, to read and prepare for class, to be present and on time and to participate. I expect you to be an active learner. I can guide, motivate and teach, but learning is up to you.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Contact time consists of 12 lectures and 12 tutorials = 36 hours
First paper = 16 hours
Second paper = 18 hours
Presentations = 26 hours
Background Reading = 60 hours
Total 156 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule 2 March Course Overview: The Global Food System 16 March Forces of Change: Feeding 9 Billion People 27 March Development of Agricultural Markets 30 March Institutional Arrangements and Transaction Costs 27 April Water, Soil and Climate: Managing and Adapting Supermarkets and the Food Retail Revolution 4 May The Greening of Agricultural Food Chains 11 May Small holders and global chains 18 May Health, Diet and Nutrition 25 May Plants, Genes and People: Investing in Agriculture 1 June Certifications and Regulatory Regimes Disclaimer: This program is provisional and subject to change
Small Group Discovery ExperienceSome tutorial questions encourage students to work in small groups. Opportunities for small groups to work on project reports.
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Assessment SummaryFirst Report 25%
Second Report 30%
Individual Participation 10%
Assessment Related RequirementsAttendance is required for all tutorials. The seminar sessions include group and individual presentations, with interactions, assessments, comments and critical analysis provided by all students. Willingness to communicate and interact in the classroom is essential.
Assessment DetailPresentation guidelines are announced in class and can be found on MyUni.
General guidelines for the first and second reports.
Students are are required to either analyse an agricultural or food related policy issue or socio-economic trend affecting the agricultural sector in a country, region or global level.
The report is presented using 12 point font and 1.5 line spacing. The maximum word limit is , 2,000.
Marking guidance: (i) style and presentation are 20%; (ii) integrating course-developed skills is 20%; and (iii) content and analysis are 60%.
SubmissionAssignments must be submitted in:
1. Softcopy through Turnitin on MyUni
The deadlines will be announced in class and MyUni
Your assignment MUST include the GF assignment cover sheet which can be downloaded from MyUni under “Assignments”. Each page must be numbered with your student ID and name.
All assignments must be presented professionally with clear headings, appropriate referencing and using one and a half spacing.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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