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 Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Orange Campus
Orange 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

Grading System



One session


School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is restricted to students enrolled in the Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture. 

Assumed Knowledge


Subject Relationships

AGR475 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


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


This 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


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.