Course code EDS315

EDS315 Management of Genetic Resources: Law, Policy and Practice

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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: Even years
First time: Study year 2010-2011
Course contents:
Origin, diffusion, exchange and ownership of genetic resources through history. National and international structures and laws for managing and governing genetic resources. Seed supply systems and national seed laws, plant breeders rights (UPOV), international environmental law and genetic resources policies (Convention on Biological Diversity, Plant Treaty), international intellectual property rights (WIPO, WTO/TRIPS). 
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:
Overview lectures, seminars and exercises.
Teaching support:
Seminars and discussions, particularly in connection with the exercises.
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 exercise
Final oral exam counts for 100 % and is graded pass/not pass.
Nominal workload:
150 hrs work load in all.
Entrance requirements:
A bachelor degree in a relevant academic field
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Every week two days of combined lectures/seminars, one compulsory exercise, and one day of seminar (reviewing and discussing the week's exercise).
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: Continuous exam: Bestått - E / Ikke bestått