PAE301 Agroecology: Working with the complexity of farming systems
Showing course contents for the educational year 2016 - 2017 .
Course responsible: Geir Hofgaard Lieblein
Teachers: Tor Arvid Breland
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: EN
Limits of class size:
Minimum 5, maximum 20 students.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2004-2005
Last time: 2017V
Master´s degree students in Agroecology.
With a concrete case as starting point, the course deals with structure and functioning of agroecosystems as whole entities seen from different perspectives. Examples of such are ecological, economic, social, time and spatial scale, and organisational level perspectives. The students will also learn about and practice methods for describing and analysing the case and its goals, and they are expected to suggest improvements.
After completing the course the student should be able to:
- Apply a systemic approach to a complex farm situation:
- Recognize the steps needed to understand and improve a complex farming situation
- Choose and use suitable methods at the different steps
- Engage in a constructive peer feedback process
- Reflect on own learning
The course is web-based, and faculty resources and students will be located in several countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland). In order to effectively deal with the interdisciplinary nature of agroecology, teachers from the Nordic network of agroecology (Agroasis) will provide guidance and feedback to the students.
Provided at course start.
Bachelor´s degree or its equivalent in agriculture, plant science, economics, natural resources, human nutrition or other relevant social or natural sciences.
Details for the portfolio assessment will be given at course start. Students will be assessed on written assignments, on understanding of the materials, on ability to conceptualise the course content and on making application to the case and to their current local situations. Their papers, short assignments, and contributions to discussions will be the basis for a grade.
150 hours during eight weeks
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
NB! Course registration before January 5, 2017. The course is based on collaboration between universities in Norway (NMBU), Sweden (SLU), Denmark (KU) and FInland (HU), and participating students will come from all of these institutions.
An external examiner approves the course plan, literature and chosen parts of the student portfolio.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått