LPLK10383U European Farm and Food Systems
MSc Programme in Agriculture
The course has focus on land based production systems, their environmental effects and the context they are embedded in. An important part is methods and tools to work analytically and professionally with these systems on field, farm and system level.
This course is mandatory on the MSc Agriculture program,
specialisation Production and Environment.
The course is centered around a close collaboration with a partner company in agriculture. During the course the students spend two weeks doing field work in the company, engaging in real-life cases. The work process is facilitated and structured, from identification of areas of improvement through interactions with the partner, through problem analysis, solution creation and prioritizing to delivering a partner document with proposals for action to the partner. The teaching and learning environment is characterized by being experiental (learning by doing) and interactive (involving stakeholders) and the specific knowledge and skills are determined by the concrete cases worked with.
Course contents include:
- farm economy and environmental regulation as conditions for farming in Europe
- methods for sustainability assessment
- field investigation of concrete topics and problems
- qualitative methods as a tool in working with external partners
- tools to facilitate successful problem-based group work
After completing the course the student should:
- show overview of important conditions (biophysical, legal, economic and institutional) forming the context for European farm and food systems
- demonstrate ability to select and apply appropriate methods to describe, analyse and develop viable solutions to, problems within European agriculture, food and environment
- show capacity to work systematically and professionally to create value within agriculture, food and environment
- demonstrate awareness of own and other's professional capacities
- communicate ideas and giving constructive feedback efficiently to peers and stakeholders
See Absalon for literature and other resources
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
- Class Instruction
- Practical exercises
- Project work
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 20Description of Examination: Individual oral examination (20 min, no preparation time) based on project report, individual learning document and course curriculum.
- Exam registration requirements
Active participation in the two week off-campus field work and in project work. Submission of individual learning document.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
As the ordinary exam.
If exam registration requirements are not met an additional deliverable will be set by the course coordinator and must be submittet two weeks before the reexamination.
Criteria for exam assesment
See learning outcome