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BZ3520 - Agroecology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology (pre 2015)

The challenge of meeting increased demands for agricultural products under conditions of climatic change, while at the same time avoiding environmental degradation and biodiversity loss, is a demanding one. Agroecology, the ecology of food systems, is central to meeting this challenge. The subject is structured in three parts. First, we look at key ecological and human components of the food system. Second, we examine the performance in 'multiple dimensions' of the food system. Finally, we discuss agronomic, political, and social approaches to meeting the complex challenges mentioned above. Lectures within each subject section are interspersed with classes addressing specific issues of global importance. The subject has a strong emphasis on the developing world.

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Learning Outcomes

  • understanding the concept of the food system and the challenges facing it;
  • gain an enhanced understanding of functioning of agroecosystems and other key components of the food system, particularly with regard to critical resources and processes;
  • develop an informed opinion on current food-related problems of global significance and how to approach them;
  • develop an awareness of the multidimensional nature of agricultural sustainability.
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
AG3005 AG5005 BZ5520

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Dr Charles Clarke
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Dr Charles Clarke.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 8 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); other exams (15%); assignments (35%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Dr Charles Clarke
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Dr Charles Clarke.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 8 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); other exams (15%); assignments (35%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.