Course responsible:Geir Hofgaard Lieblein
Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås
Limits of class size:22
Nominal workload:750 hours.
Teaching and exam period:This course starts in the Autumn Block and continues through the Autumn Parallel.
About this course
- Can describe systems by means of general systems theory and concepts
- Can explain the difference between simple, complex and "wicked" or "messy" problems in human activity systems and between methodologies for dealing with each category
- Can explain various interpretations and applications of agroecology
- Can describe farming and food systems (structure, properties and functioning) by means of general systems theory and agroecological theory
- Can describe the concept of sustainability and approaches to working with it
- Can explain key prerequisites for sustainability of ecosystems in general and agroecosystems (farming and food systems) in particular
- Can describe principles and steps in participatory action learning or inquiry processes
- Ability to observe, describe, analyse and facilitate improvement of farming and food systems by means of a holistic, participatory, action-oriented, stepwise inquiry process
- Ability to work on relationships between parts and the whole and between different goals and worldviews in farming and food systems characterised by complexity, "messiness" and a need for a transition towards improved sustainability
- Ability to participate with empathy and dedication in complex situations including value and goal conflicts ("messy situations")
- Ability to carefully and openmindedly observe a "messy" situation in the field, create a comprehensive overview, and allow for examination of the whole before drawing conclusions
- Ability to engage in and facilitate dialogue among stakeholders
- Ability to envision a desired future state and help a group of stakeholders develop a shared vision
- Ability to reflect on experiences as linked to relevant theory related to farming and food systems and to personal development as an autonomous, life-long,learner
- Ability of systems thinking and facilitation of change towards more sustainable farming and food systems
- The basis is experiential learning in the field as the starting point for the learning process. Students do project work in groups dealing with real-life cases in farming and food systems.. Lectures and seminars are linked with the project work, that ends with the preparation of two group reports ("stakeholder documents"). In addition, the students write an individual report ("reflection document") where they explore their learning process during the course, in relation to key agroecological topics and their own development as agroecologists.
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent in agriculture, economics, natural resources, human nutrition or other relevant social or natural sciences.
- Basis for the evaluation are two written group reports ('client documents'), a written individual report ('reflection document'), an oral presentation and discussion of the individual report, and the student´s overall contribution to the course process. The weighting is: group reports 20%, individual reflection document 50%, oral presentation 20%, and course contribution 10%. All parts have to be passed.
- The external examiner participates in the major parts of the evaluation process.
- Field excursions, workshops in class and group work, as well as all written assignments.
- Details will be given at course start.
- Master's degree students in Agroecology. Others must be approved by course responsible and be manually signed in by SIT
- Letter grades
- Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway