Course code EDS352

EDS352 Agriculture, Development and the Environment

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Course responsible: Ola Tveitereid Westengen, Jens Bernt Aune
Teachers: Lars Olav Eik, Trygve Berg
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
40
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2007H
Preferential right:
M-IES
Course contents:

This course is about the principles of sustainable agriculture. The course is divided into five interconnected modules:

  • Agriculture as social-ecological systems
  • Soil and water
  • Crops
  • Livestock and aquaculture
  • Integrated systems and approaches to sustainable agriculture

In the first module we introduce two overarching frameworks. First, we introduce a set of outcome dimensions (environmental sustainability, productivity, social justice) that forms a basis for assessing the outcomes of the agricultural systems presented in the subsequent modules. Second, we provide a basic theoretical underpinning for assessing agricultural systems by means of ecology and evolution. Across all modules we present case studies that exemplifies major agricultural systems, development pathways and debates. The objective of this course is to provide knowledge about the fundamental aspects of sustainable agriculture. The course is taught by a group of thematic agriculture experts at Noragric. 

Learning outcome:
The student is able to understand the farm as a system with emphasis on ecological principles (agro-ecosystems) with sustainability, productivity and social justice outcomes. The student shall acquire knowledge about key approaches to sustainable agriculture and their agronomic principles. The student can analyze and deal critically with various sources of information and use them to formulate scholarly arguments about different approaches and methods. The student can apply this knowledge to carry out assignments and research projects (including a master thesis within the topic). 
Learning activities:

The modules include lectures, plenary discussions and seminars. Students are expected to be familiar with the core readings for each week, and further readings and videos will be provided for exploring the topics in greater breadth and depth.

Course readings and lecture notes in Fronter.

Mandatory assignments and lectures will be announced in class and in Fronter.  

Syllabus:
Lecture notes + selected readings. Will be posted in Fronter.
Recommended prerequisites:
A basic course in ecology is recommended. Knowleged from introductory courses in environmental science, plant science and animal science will be an advantage, but is not required. 
Mandatory activity:
Mandatory assignments and lectures will be announced in class and in Fronter. 
Assessment:
Completion and pass in mandatory assignments is required in order to sit for the exam. Final written exam counts 100% of the grade. Exam in English only.
Nominal workload:
300 working hours in total. 
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
EDS250: 8 ECTS
Type of course:
4 lecture hours/week for 14 weeks = 56 hrs.
Note:
The course is designed for an interdisciplinary Master degree programme where students could have different backgrounds including agricultural, natural, social or economic sciences.
Examiner:
There is one external examiner. Exam papers are graded independently by the teacher (course coordinator) and the external examiner.
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått