MSc students with agroecology as a major (in MSc Plant Production Sciences, MSc ECGS)
Basic studies in agricultural sciences or in environmental sciences with agricultural orientation.
After completing the course the student should be able to:
1. Explain key concepts and principles regarding structure and functioning of farming and food systems (agroecosystems).
2. Recognize how goals and values influence such systems.
3. Use some of the methods and tools for describing, analysing and improving agroecosystems.
4. Link a real-life case to theory.
Pediod III, first year of MSc studies.
This is a web-course. The course is based on case studies of a farm in a Nordic country, and a farm in Nicaragua, Uganda, or Ethiopia. With a real-life case as the point of departure the course deals with structure and functioning of agroecosystems as whole entities seen from different perspectives. Examples of these are ecological, economic, social, time and spatial scales, and organisational level perspectives. You will learn about and use methods for describing and analysing the case and its goals, and you are also expected to suggest improvements.
The course runs during period III. All activities take place in the course’s webpage, which is a learning platform with all the materials and instructions. The teachers are agroecologists in the Nordic countries, and their instruction also takes place in the web-platform only.
The student will submit personal assignments (ca. 50% of the 135 h of student’s work) and participate in group work assignments (50%).
The course can be taken wherever the internet is available, the target group is international students, and in that teachers from several countries are involved. The course is jointly run by the NOVA agroecology network, www.agroasis.org.
Materials and literature will be provided during the course in the course’s web platform.
Details for the portfolio evaluation will be given at course start. Students will be evaluated 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. Graded 0-5.
The course can be taken wherever the internet is available, the target group is international students, and in that teachers from several countries are involved. The course is jointly run by the NOVA agroecology network, www.agroasis.org
Professor Juha Helenius
Replaces the course 812053 Agroecology: Working with the complexity of Farming systems 5 cr.