Agroecology, 120 credits
Can agriculture support both man and ecological systems? Is it possible to separate social and ecological systems in agriculture?
Using case studies and field experience, the Master´s Programme in Agroecology guides students through a learning process on agriculture as an open system, dependent on its global and regional surroundings, as well as people and local resources. The programme offers a head start for students who seek to work with development or research for agriculture to support small-scale farmers.
Farming and food production are ecologically, economically and socially important in all societies. Worldwide there is a need for academic experts that can deal with land use systems that are complex, multifunctional and rapidly changing. This programme investigates the social, economic and environmental barriers and opportunities for small scale and sustainable agricultural production. Some examples of subjects are: agronomy in a systems ecology perspective; farm production integrated with nature conservation and production of ecosystem services; the sociology of farming and agriculture.
The programme is based on learning through experience, which means that the complexity of real life situations is the starting-point for study activities. The programme uses real-life case material, for students to test and practice their ongoing acquired knowledge and skills.
The programme contains theoretical bases and methodologies for agroecological and interdisciplinary analyses needed to contribute to sustainable development of livelihoods based on local renewable resources. The programme emphasises the relationship between biological resources and human societies.
The programme has an international focus based upon educational partnership between SLU and universities in Ethiopia and Uganda. The Programme is first and foremost based on agroecological systems and experiences from Nordic agriculture, applied to tropical settings. Diverse cultural backgrounds and academic experiences among students are both encouraged and regarded as constructive for the overall training process.
Programme scope: 2 years, 120 credits
Next start: Alnarp 02 September 2013
Number of admission places: 20
Deadline for application: 15 January 2013
Tuition fees for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens:
- First instalment: 67500 SEK
- Total programme: 270000 SEK