Minor Overview

About this minor

Feeding the world into the future is a key global challenge as the human population continues to increase in the face of climate change and approaching environmental limits. In this Minor, students will explore the drivers of global food security, and population health and nutrition from numerous standpoints. The fundamental principles of food production, such as nutrient flows, are emphasised along with the environmental impacts of food production and the cultural drivers behind issues such as production system change, adoption of new technology, diet choices and recognition and remediation of environmental impact. Historical case studies will be explored to broaden understanding of current issues such as conflict over fresh water, fisheries management, loss of biodiversity, climate change, animal welfare and ethical diet choices. The need for strong science will be demonstrated and emphasised. Students will be challenged to explore innovative solutions to current and future challenges on scales ranging from local to global.

The Minor will enhance work-readiness of STEM and non-STEM students as emerging professionals by broadening discipline specific knowledge and skills in contexts they might otherwise not encounter. The structure of this multidisciplinary Minor will prepare students to be adaptable and socially engaged citizens.

Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe the major crops grown around the globe, their production systems and the key factors that determine yield and environmental impact; (2) demonstrate an understanding of how human health around the globe is linked to diet; (3) explain how culture impacts the foods we eat and the manner by which food is produced; (4) demonstrate a broad knowledge of current high profile issues in global food production and human health; (5) demonstrate an understanding of the importance of strong science as a basis for change; and (6) critically evaluate innovative and diverse solutions to the key threats to feeding the world into the future.

Units

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S1 AGRI1001 Feeding the World
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 ANIM2001 The Darwinian Revolution
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) ANIM1001 The Darwinian Revolution (ID 5787)
S2 PUBH2208 Food and Nutrition in Population Health
Prerequisites:
PUBH1101 Health and Illness in Human Populations
or
PUBH1102 Health and Globalisation
or
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
or
ANTH1001 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society
or
ANTH1002 Global Change, Local Responses
or
IMED1001 Form and Function
or
IMED1002 The Facts of Life
or
IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
or
IMED1004 Health and Society
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Option 1—take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S2 HIST1901 Environmental History
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
HIST2201 Environmental History
S2 PUBH1102 Health and Globalisation
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil