Course Title: Feeding the World: Contemporary Issues in the Global Production and Consumption of Food

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Feeding the World: Contemporary Issues in the Global Production and Consumption of Food

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban & Social Studies


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2013

Course Coordinator: Dr Aiden Warren

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3758

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore the global food system with a focus on food security. In particular the changing shift in patterns of food production and consumption will be addressed and their associated impact on communities. Emphasis will be placed on the shift out of traditional food regimes to modern industrial systems and the role of transnational corporations in the increasing commercialisation of global food systems. You will investigate processes of consumption characterised by immense contradictions of widespread hunger and malnutrition alongside of lifestyles of over-consumption and waste. You will examine the environmental implications of the global food system along with the social, cultural and economic impact of these transitions, and the local-global interconnections of food security into the future.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • identify significant threats to food security on a global scale;
  • evaluate critically the processes which lead to specific outcomes in food consumption patterns;
  • analyse and describe the social, political and environmental implications of the global food system, and
  • evaluate various alternative strategies proposed to avoid food crises into the future, and propose additional solutions

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include lectures, guest speakers, the presentation of audio-visual materials, and interactive tutorial activities including group based discussion and problem solving tasks. You will be expected to actively contribute to the construction of a supportive learning environment. Participation in discussions and activities, and engagement with the weekly reading materials is expected.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be required to purchase two key textbooks for the core reading in this course. You will also be given access to a select range of readings and online content through the myRMIT Studies. These resources will include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include working independently and as part of a team on a range of written, oral and interactive tasks.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

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