In this interdisciplinary unit, students will be introduced to systems thinking and practice in a farming context. Systems approaches will be used to explore how the broader social, cultural, political, institutional, economic and ecological factors influence how a farm operates. Different farming styles and approaches will be discussed. Using local and international case studies, students will apply different systems approaches to analyse and address complex problems related to agriculture.
|Unit name||Farming Systems|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
|Discipline||Agriculture and Food Systems|
|Coordinator||Ms Saideepa Kumar|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Describe the structure and operation of different farming systems, using concepts and principles of systems thinking.
- Integrate knowledge across disciplines to analyse farming systems within their ecological, social and political context
- Evaluate the use of agricultural systems models to support decision making at various scales
- Recommend policy options to address complex sustainability challenges by using appropriate systems approaches
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|Assessment||Presentation (25%)|Report (40%)|Critique (35%)|
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You will need the following text [available as electronic books through the University Library]:
E-book: Thinking in Systems (see unit schedule for important chapters)
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