Course code MUA301

MUA301 Urban Agriculture - strategy and action plans - Transdisciplinary collaboration groups

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Course responsible: Trine Hvoslef-Eide, Aasmund Bunkholt
Teachers: Ingrid Merete Ødegård, Petter Deinboll Jenssen, Roland Peter Kallenborn, Nils Sanne
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
The course starts in the Spring Parallel, and has teaching/evaluation in the Spring Parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2021-2022
Preferential right:
  • Students on Master's in Urban Agriculture
  • Other students are admitted after assessment of the motivation letters (needs to be e-mailed to the course responsible when registering for the course)
Course contents:

This advanced course will provide students with insight and understanding of how we can use the national strategies for urban agriculture and circular economy, which was launched in spring 2021, to help municipalities, counties and private companies to create their own strategy - and action plans. The students will build on insights and "tools" from MUA300, ie. what role urban agriculture can play in relation to sustainable urban development in the broadest sense - both socially, environmentally and economically. In this context, urban agriculture encompasses everything from professional and industrial growing, to neighborhood gardens for growing in balcony boxes and mini greenhouses on the windowsill. The course is case-based and current issues will change from year to year.

The course is based on work in interdisciplinary groups. The groups will collaborate with "clients" outside the university and thereby establish and develop transdisciplinary groups. These groups will jointly define, concretize and solve specific tasks/projects within urban agriculture.

Course content will comprise of three integrated processes: project within urban agriculture, group processes/cooperation, through further development of the "toolbox" . The project work will include the preparation of strategy plans for urban agriculture in their organization/municipality/county respectively. Process work/collaboration will include reflection and learning, related to team work and what kind of prerequisites and challenges that might be associated with this. Use/further development of the «toolbox» will include introduction to several «tools», that may be relevant in relation to different types of cases. It will also be relevant to look at adaptation and further development of various "tools".

Learning outcome:


  • The student will have in-depth knowledge of the national strategies for urban agriculture and circular economy prepared/developed by the government and launched in spring 2021
  • The student can account for competence in basic group theory, and prerequisites for good collaboration across subjects, and with external "clients" when making strategy and action plans
  • The student will be aware of how their own and others' behavioral pattern affect interaction
  • The student has acquired concepts from other disciplines than their own and from strategic planning work


  • The student can use their field of study, and interact and communicate with professionals in other disciplines/fields and use their expressions in a correct way
  • The student can reflect on their collaboration, and analyze how the group communicates, plans, decides, solves tasks, handles disagreements and relates to academic, social and personal challenges
  • The student is able to set common goals to find the best solution for specific problems/assignments
  • The student can use suitable tools to solve the tasks
  • The student can present sketches for strategy and action plans along the way and discuss with the "client"


  • The student can cooperate with other disciplines than their own fields of study
  • The student will have become aware of what their own competence may bring to an interdisciplinary group, and in collaboration with external "clients"
  • The student can interact in interdisciplinary groups to make strategic plans
  • The student can use project management tools and lead projects
  • The student can make oral and written presentations of the assignments
  • The student can give constructive feedback to the individual team members, to the team as a whole, and reflect on constructive feedback from the group
Learning activities:
The students will be placed in interdisciplinary groups to ensure the widest possible spread of competenceThe learning will generally happen through team work and be linked to specific "clients", who want help to create strategic plans for urban agriculture, in the public or private sectorSelf-reflection and reflection in groups are key working methods in the courseThe expectations to the plans will be presented by an external "client" (public or private) and further developed by the student groups in collaboration with the "client"The work will be based on visits to specific locations/presentations of "cases", where the "client" wants to solve a described challenge (the task).Review and discussion of relevant information, project reports, literature and research articlesLecturers and external actors will be mentors, and contribute with core lectures and invited guest lecturers as needed
Teaching support:
Selected lecturesTeam work with and without a mentorInteraction with «client»Student-run seminars with or without mentorsCanvas
The content of lecturesNational strategy for urban agriculture and national strategy for circular economyDistributed notes and publications, as well as relevant information/literature/sources the students identify during their work with the specified assignments/problems
Bachelor degree
Recommended prerequisites:
  • Interest and motivation for the subject area
  • Motivation letter must be sent at the same time as the application
  • MUA300
Mandatory activity:
Compulsory attendance and participation in transdisciplinary groups, which means: Preparation of a collaboration agreement in the student group during the first two days after each case has been started. Submissions and oral presentations - it is a prerequisite that the entire student group participates
  • Written submission of the group work and presentation in plenary - where the entire student group participates
  • Portfolio evaluation with feedback along the way
  • The course is evaluated with passed/not passed where the whole group gets the same grade for each case
Nominal workload:
250 hours
Entrance requirements:
  • The course is open to all study programs at NMBU
  • Master in Urban Agriculture has priority, then those who have taken MUA300 - others will be assessed on the basis of their own motivation letter (that needs to be e-mailed to the course responsible at the same time as the registration for the course)
Type of course:
Spring semester - one and a half day every week, throughout the entire semester.
A motivation letter is mandatory for students that is not accepted to M-UA, this must be e-mailed to the course responsible at the same time as registering for the course
External examiner
Examination details: Continuous exam: Passed / Not Passed