Course code EDS315

EDS315 Governance of Plant Genetic Resources and Seeds: Laws, Policies and Practices

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Course responsible: Ola Tveitereid Westengen, Trygve Berg
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Minimum: 10, maximum: 25
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in June block. This course has teaching/evaluation in June block, .
Course frequency: <p>Even years</p><p>Cancelled in 2022.</p>
First time: Study year 2010-2011
Course contents:

Cancelled in 2022.

This course is about the governance regime for crop biodiversity from the international to the local level. It is an intensive and interactive course with four weeks of lectures, local excursions and seminars. The course covers: 1) International agreements governing biodiversity (The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), The Nagoya Protocol (NP), The Plant Treaty (ITPGRFA));  Implementation of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) such as patents and plant variety protection in relation to international agreements like WTO-TRIPS and UPOV; 3) Local and national seed supply systems and seed laws; Political economy of plant breeding and seed systems and the concepts of Farmers’ Rights and the seed related parts in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants (UNDROP)

Learning outcome:

Knowledge about and ability to interpret conventions, laws and policies on agricultural genetic resources, including property rights, access, exchange and sharing of benefits arising from commercial use of such resources.

Insights in the practical significance of the international laws and policies at the local level.

The student shall acquire ability to critically analyze questions pertaining to genetic resources based on their properties, historical role and place in society today. 

Learning activities:
Lectures, seminars, excursions and assignments
Teaching support:
Seminars and discussions, particularly in connection with the assignments.
Lecture notes and collection of selected readings. Will be posted in Canvas.
General knowledge about biodiversity and the use of biodiversity in agriculture.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Participation in seminars and submission of weekly assignments
Final oral exam counts for 100 % of the grade. Exam in English only. Grades A-F.
Nominal workload:
125 hrs work load in all.
Entrance requirements:
A bachelor degree in a relevant academic field
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Four weeks with two days of combined lectures/seminars, one compulsory assignment, and one day of seminar (reviewing and discussing the week's assignment).
Noragric reserves the right to cancel the course if there are less than 10 students registered for the course at course start.
External examiner will be used for the final oral exam..
Examination details: Oral exam: Passed / Not Passed