Courses & Units

Global Food Security XBR103



This unit is subject to an enrolment quota set at 300.


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The challenge of ensuring adequate food production and equitable access to food for a diverse human population in the 21st century is crucial and profoundly complex. This unit helps you contribute to meeting this challenge. The interdisciplinary skills and knowledge developed in the unit are relevant to all citizens and professions.

You will work with fellow students and lecturers from many different disciplines to critically explore the many facets of global food security. You consider environmental, technical, economic, cultural, political and moral questions. You develop your capacity for: integrating diverse forms of information, evaluating diverse arguments and advocating positive responses to diverse audiences. You tackle vitally important problems, such as those related to hunger, obesity, resources, poverty, population, justice and sustainability. You participate in constructive debates on controversial topics such as diets, biofuels, biotechnology, and capitalism.

On-campus students in Hobart will engage in tutorials and a 2-hour Friday Forum each week. Distance students will have access to recordings of Forums as well as a wide range of other on-line materials, as well as participating in on-line tutorials.

Assessment is 100% internal (i.e., no exam) and enables you to actively engage with ideas and issues, reflect on your learning and learn collaboratively.


Unit name Global Food Security
Unit code XBR103
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Health Sciences|Agriculture and Food Systems|Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences

Richard Doyle and Aidan Davison

Teaching staff

Richard Doyle, Aidan Davison and Kamal Singh

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? Yes


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
019905 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,445.00

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Teaching Pattern

Delivered online.

Note, attendance at a minimum of 3 of the 4 x 50min online tutorials is mandatory, and they include assessment.  There are numerous tutorial timeslots spread over a 2 week period, including multiple options between 5 and 7.30pm. If you can't attend tutorial times, then you must contact unit coordinator.


Critical Reading (20%), Engagement (15%), Action Plan (40%), Personal reflection (25%)

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