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BI1192

Sustainable Production Systems in a Global Perspective

This course is directed at you who wants to explore agricultural production systems and their sustainability. Lectures in the course help building the theoretical background and inspire you for the work tasks that replace a final exam. The course is part of study programs of Tring Odling and Lantmästare as well as given as an independent course.

Lectures take up environmental, economic and social issues of agricultural production systems and give you insights in impacts of such systems. You will learn about qualitative systems analysis methods and train yourself in Systems Thinking.
The course includes several individual and group tasks that will guide you from a system´s perspective to a detailed focus on production steps. Some tasks will give you and your study mates the opportunity to explore production systems of your own choice.
You will describe and analyse production systems and compare and evaluate the sustainability of these systems. This will train your skills in presentation, make you familiar with relevant terms and encourage you to develop critical thinking. After the course, you will be able to identify and weigh environmental, social and economic impacts, structure the assessment of production system and adjust your argumentation based on your critical analysis of information, which we believe will be required of you in your profession.

Dear students!

Welcome to the VT2021 course on Sustainable Production Systems in a Global Perspective!

Please check the Canvas course page for more information, e.g. on th egrading criteria. The schedule will be updated here.

The course will be given as online course this year. The course leader will send you the zoom links and pass codes seperately.

The course evaluation is now closed

BI1192-30264 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for BI1192

Academic year 2019/2020

Sustainable Production Systems in a Global Perspective (BI1192-30064) 2020-01-20 - 2020-03-24

Academic year 2018/2019

Sustainable Production Systems in a Global Perspective (BI1192-30066) 2019-01-21 - 2019-03-25

Academic year 2017/2018

Sustainable Production Systems in a Global Perspective (BI1192-30077) 2018-01-15 - 2018-03-20

Academic year 2016/2017

Sustainable Production Systems in a Global Perspective (BI1192-30093) 2017-01-16 - 2017-03-21

Academic year 2015/2016

Sustainable Production Systems in a Global Perspective (BI1192-30004) 2016-01-18 - 2016-03-21

Academic year 2014/2015

Sustainable Production Systems in a Global Perspective (BI1192-30214) 2015-01-19 - 2015-03-29

Academic year 2013/2014

Sustainable Production Systems in a Global Perspective (BI1192-30164) 2014-01-20 - 2014-03-30

Academic year 2012/2013

Sustainable Production Systems in a Global Perspective (BI1192-30179) 2013-01-21 - 2013-03-31

BI1192 Sustainable Production Systems in a Global Perspective, 15.0 Credits

Sustainable Production Systems in a Global Perspective

Syllabus approved

2013-10-09

Subjects

Biology Agricultural science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, at least 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G2F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.

Language

English

Prior knowledge

Qualifications equivalent to 120 hp, of which 60 hp in Agricultural Science or Biology.

Objectives

On completion of the course, students should be able to:
- describe the scope and conditions for the production of food and bioenergy in different countries.
- describe the current situation for production of food and bioenergy in different countries.
- evaluate how landscape and urban environments affect, permit and promote production on both large and small scale globally.
- describe and discuss sustainability in production systems and the supply of food and bioenergy
- compare and evaluate the conditions and competitive ability for a biobased economy of different countries
- evaluate the international market for various products from the agricultural and horticultural sector.

Content

The course deals with and discusses the biological/ecological, environmental, climate-related, technological, economic, political and social conditions for globally sustainable (socially, ecologically, economically) production of food and bioenergy. Business and trade in goods and services are also dealt with. The course covers:
- The biological, technological and economic conditions for agricultural production in different parts of the world
- The most important characterising factors within production systems in different parts of the world
- Review of the current situation for farming and farmers in different parts of the world.
- Global climate and environmental effects, e.g. water management, greenhouse gases and erosion
- International agricultural and horticultural policy and trade
- Food consumption in different countries from a sustainability perspective
The course takes the form of lectures/discussions, case studies in groups and project assignments.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved written and oral reporting of case studies and project assignments and participation in compulsory components.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Responsible department

Department of Biosystems and Technology

Further information

Determined by: Programutskott jordbruk och landsbygd
Biology field: Övriga biologikurser

Examination tasks, spring semester 2021

Exam. task

Task name in grading criteria

Task name in schedule and Canvas

Learning outcomes

Examination time

(Course week)

Examination form

Grades

1

Group task

Comparing regions

1, 2, 3

W 2

Presentation, written text (about 2 A4 pages), cross-reading report

U/3

2

Reading seminar
(individual)

Reading seminar Living Planet Report

1, 4

W 2-3

Hand in 3 questions/comments, active participation during seminar

U/3

3

Reading seminar
(individual)

Reading seminar Planet boundaries

1,4

W 4

Hand in 3 questions/comments, active participation during seminar

U/3

4

Group task

Comparing production systems

1, 2, 4

W 4

Presentation, written text (about 2 A4 pages), cross-reading report

U/3

5

Group case study

Group e-case

1, 3, 4, 5

W 7

PPT-presentation, active participation at presentation

U/3/4

6

PhD student presentation day

Sustainable production from an international research perspective

4, 5

W 5

Active participation in presentation discussions and giving feedback

U/3

7

Individual essay

Individual essay

4, 5, 6

W 9

(Starting document

W 3)

Scientific essay

U/3/4/5

You should also hand in cross-reading reports on:

(1) Comparing regions report (one cross-reading report per group)
(2) Comparing production systems hand-out (one cross-reading report per group)

Blooms
taxonomy
level

2-4

2

2

4-6

6

6

Learning outcomes

Analyse and describe the scope and conditions for the production of food, feed, materials and energy in different countries

Describe the current situation for production of food, feed, materials and energy in different countries

Describe and discuss sustainability in production systems and the supply of food, feed, materials and energy

Compare and evaluate the conditions and competitive ability of different production systems

Evaluate how landscape and urban environments affect, permit and promote production of food, feed, materials and energy on both large and small scale globally

Evaluate the international market for food, feed, materials and energy products from the agricultural and horticultural sector

Course items

•Individual essay

•Reading seminars

•Group e-case study

•task comparing regions

•Group task comparing production systems

•Individual essay

•Group task comparing regions

•Group task comparing production systems

•Individual essay

•Reading seminars

•Group e-case study

•PhD presentation day

•Individual essay

•Group e-case study

•PhD presentation day

•Individual essay

•Group e-case study

•Individual essay

Quality criteria
grade 5

The work shows excellent performance in
* applying the sustainability dimensions in descriptions of production and
* discussing food, feed, material and energy security

The work shows excellent performance in describing and evaluating basic production factors, market availability and trade systems

The work shows excellent performance in analysing, describing and discussing how a specific site is part of a larger context and the complexity of factor interaction

The individual essay shows excellent performance in detailed explanation, reflection and discussion on interactions between market and production

Quality criteria
grade 4

The work shows

•very good performance in analysis and sound judgement, and

•good ability to reflect and discuss the important production systems characteristics

The work shows very good performance in

•applying the sustainability dimensions in descriptions of production and

•discussing food, feed, material and energy security

The work shows very good performance in describing and evaluating basic production factors, market availability and trade systems

The work shows very good performance in analysing, describing and discussing how a specific site is part of a larger context and the complexity of factor interaction

The individual essay shows very good performance in detailed explanation, reflection and discussion on interactions between market and production

Quality criteria
grade 3

The work shows

•satisfactory performance in analysis and sound judgement, and

•satisfactory ability to discuss the important production systems characteristics

The work shows satisfactory performance in

•identifying production factors in countries and regions

•collecting and analysing data

•presenting results in a clear and logical way

The work shows satisfactory performance in

•applying the sustainability dimensions in descriptions of production and

•discussing food, feed, material and energy security

The work shows satisfactory performance in describing and evaluating basic production factors, market availability and trade systems

The work shows very good performance in analysing, describing and discussing how a specific site is part of a larger context and the complexity of factor interaction

The individual essay shows satisfactory performance in detailed explanation, reflection and discussion on interactions between market and production

To pass the course the student must participate in all compulsory activities:

- Course introduction

- Start-up of group work comparing regions

- Cross group presentation of comparing regions task

- Start-up of individual essay

- Start-up of group work comparing production systems

- Reading seminar Living Planet report

- PPT-presentation, comparing production systems

- Reading seminar Planet boundaries

- Oral e-case presentation

- Research presentation day

- Course evaluation

Advisory template for final course grade

Group case study grade

4

4

4

3

3

3

Individual case study grade

5

4

3

5

4

3

Final grade*

5

4

4

4

4

3

*To get the final course grade 4 or 5:

  • All tasks must have been handed in according to the time plan for each task (given in the schedule).
  • The student must also have participated in all compulsory activities at the date when they were scheduled in the course schedule (except in cases where the student has a valid reason for not participating)
  • For students who have missed a compulsory activity for a valid reason, the course examiner or course leader will decide upon a solution and a new date when the student must fulfil these requirements to get a grade 4 or 5.
  • For students who have missed a compulsory activity for a non-valid reason, the general rule is that the student will have to participate in the activity the following year. In some cases it might be possible to find other solutions.
1) The world of agricultural economics: an introduction
Author: Martiin, Carin
Comments: Reading instructions: Background knowledge: Chapters 1, 2, 10-12, 20 and 21 Mechanisation lectures: Chapters 3,5, 17, 18 Production chain assignment: Chapters 4, 13-16 Comparing regions assignment: Chapters 6-9 Farm e-case assignement: Chapters 17-19 Individual assignement: Chapter 19
2) Sustainability. A biological perspective
Author: Morse, Stephen
3) The story of phosphorus: Global food security and food for thought
Author: Cordell, D., Drangert, J.-O. and White, S.
6) High-level expert forum – how to feed the world in 2050
Author: FAO
Comments: Available via Canvas
7) Climate-Smart” Agriculture. Policies, Practices and Financing for Food Security, Adaptation and Mitigation
Author: FAO
Comments: Available via Canvas
8) Solutions for a cultivated planet
Author: Foley, J.A. et al
9) A safe operating space for humanity
Author: Rockström
Comments: Available via Canvas
10) Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet
Author: Steffen W. et al
Comments: Available via Canvas
11) Debate: What good are planetary boundaries?
Author: Lalasz, B
Comments: Available via Canvas
12) Mixed crop-livestock systems: an economic and environmental-friendly way of farming?
Author: Ryschawy, J. et al
Comments: Available via Canvas
13) Energy and the food system
Author: Woods J. et al
Comments: Available via Canvas
14) Farm mechanization: a new challenge for agriculture in low and middle income countries of Europe and Central Asia. Regional review
Author: World Bank
Comments: Available via Canvas
15) Living Planet Report 2020. Bending the curve of biodiversity loss
Author: WWF
Comments: Available via Canvas
16) Future Agriculture – five scenarios for 2050. Conditions for agriculture and land use
Author: Öborn, I. et al
Comments: Available via Canvas
17) From uniformity to diversity, A paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems
Author: FAO, International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food)
Comments: Available in Canvas
18) Shifting diets. Toward a sustainable food future
Author: Lipinski et al.
Comments: Available in Canvas
19) Guidelines for environmental quantification of nutrient flows and impact assessment in livestock supply chains
Author: FAO
Comments: Available in Canvas

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Agricultural and Rural Management Programme Agricultural and Rural Management Programme Agricultural and Rural Management Programme Horticultural Science Programme Horticultural Management - Gardening and Horticultural Production, Bachelor´s Programme Agricultural and Rural Management Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology Agricultural science
Course code: BI1192 Application code: SLU-30264 Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Biosystems and Technology Pace: 100%