AGR775 Sustainable Agriculture: Issues and Viewpoints (8)


This subject focuses on major issues and viewpoints confonting industrialised agriculture and society in relation to conservation of the environment and sustainable development. Students will engage in researching key issues, undertake critical evaluation of the current body of knowledge and existing viewpoints, and synthesise their own viewpoints utilising a strong evidence-based approach. 

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalOrange Campus
DistanceOrange Campus
Session 2
InternalOrange Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: AGR775
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

Assumed Knowledge


Enrolment restrictions

This subject is restricted to students enrolled in the Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture. 
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
AGR475 AGR475 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to discuss and debate alternative viewpoints on sustainability and sustainable agriculture;
  • Be able to synthesise differing viewpoints and elements of sustainability into a coherent framework and set of principles or definitions;
  • Be able to evaluate the sustainability of an agricultural region or industry and articulate a viewpoint on approaches to improving unsustainable practices;
  • Be able to demonstrate research, analytical, critical, reflection and communication skills through review of the literature and contributions to academic debate and discussion about sustainable agriculture


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Current issues facing agriculture and agricultural practice
  • The nature of sustainability and sustainable development
  • Alternative conceptions of sustainable development
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Paradigms of sustainable agriculture
  • Emerging applications of sustainability to agriculture


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.