LNAK10086U Ecology of Food and Farming Systems

Volume 2014/2015

The course is based on case studies of a farm in Nordic Countries and in Nicaragua, Uganda or Ethiopia. Using these cases, students have the opportunity to explore the structure and functioning of agroecosystems, multifunctional agriculture, and systems thinking. The students will also learn about and practice methods for describing and analysing a case and its goals, and will train in analysing and suggest improvements

Learning Outcome



After completing the course the student should be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts and principles regarding structure and functioning of farming and food systems (agroecosystems).

Show ability to deal with goals and value bases of such systems.
Apply methods and tools for describing, analysing and improving farming and food systems.

Discuss and reflect on how to connnect theory to a practical case



Bachelor's degree or its equivalent in agriculture, plant science, economics, natural resources, human nutrition or other relevant social or natural sciences
This course is a 100% web-based, with faculty resources and students located in many countries. In order to effectively deal with the interdisciplinary nature of agroecology, teachers from the Nordic network of agroecology and ecological agriculture (Agroasis) provides guidance and feedback to the students.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 10
  • Lectures
  • 7
  • Preparation
  • 40
  • Project work
  • 40
  • Theory exercises
  • 40,5
  • Total
  • 137,5
Type of assessment
Description of Examination: 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.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
1 intern bedømmer

The student has to hand in the assignments again for reevaluation and pass an oral examination.

Criteria for exam assesment

Please refer to learning outcome.