Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE The Geography of the Rural Environment: Agriculture and Food Production

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The aim of this study-unit is to give an overview of the physical and human elements that make up agricultural practice around the earth with particular reference to the Mediterranean. The second part deals with a number of topics related to modern concepts associated with agriculture, theses include: sustainable agriculture, genetic resource conservation, animal rights, ethnic cuisine, farmers. Markets, consumer preference such as organic farming, rural social justice and consumer and health issues. Students gain an understanding of how geography impacts agricultural production.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of the study-unit are to:
- to describe and locate the distribution of agricultural areas,
- to present the main elements f Mediterranean and Maltese agriculture,
- to identify the key processes that make up the human and physical faces of agriculture.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- describe the origins of agriculture
- distinguish between the global types of agricultures
- examine Mediterranean agriculture with its modern approaches
- identify the contribution of agriculture to the local economy.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- differentiate between the different forms of agriculture handle friable rock structures
- select important sites for geological investigation
- examine the physical structure of a number of specimens
- interpret the functions of faults and discontinuities.

Reading List

Atkins, P. and Bowler, I. (2001) Food in society: economy culture, geography. Arnold, London.
CIHEAM (1993) [International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies] Options Mediterraneennes: Malta - Food, Agriculture, fisheries and the environment. CIHEAM, Bari.
Ilbery, B. (1998) The Geography of Rural Change Prentice Hall.
Robinson, G. (2003) Geography of Agriculture: Globalisation, Restructuring and Sustainability Prentice Hall.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) SEM1 Yes 50%
Fieldwork SEM1 No 50%

LECTURER/S John A. Schembri

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