Courses & Units

Global Food Security XBR103


The challenge of ensuring adequate and sustainable 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.

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

Students engage in 4 x 1-hour assessment linked online tutorials over semester, a voluntary weekly 1-hour Online Interactive Forum (held live Thursday of each semester week with recordings available in MyLO), weekly pre-recorded lecture content (released Monday of each teaching week), set weekly readings, online discussions and assessment tasks. Assessment is 100% internal (i.e., no examination) 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
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Health Sciences|Agriculture and Food Systems|Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Kamal Singh|Associate Professor Richard Doyle
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain global issues of food production, sustainability and justice from environmental, economic, political, cultural, and moral perspectives.
  • Describe and justify reasoned action to promote food security by sourcing, evaluating and integrating diverse information.
  • Interrogate matters of food security by reflecting on personal values, evaluating diverse perspectives and debating controversial issues.
  • Identify and advocate for local, national and global responses to contribute to food security.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050101 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,445.00

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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AssessmentTask 2: Action Plan Part (c) Action Plan Presentation (10%)|Task 1: Engagement Part (a) Tutorial Leader (5%)|Task 1: Engagement Part (b) Module Discussion Boards (25%)|Task 1: Engagement Part (c) Reflection (15%)|Task 2 : Action Plan Part (a) Describing a Problem (15%)|Task 2: Action Plan Part (b) Advocating a Response (30%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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