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BI1396

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.

Additional course evaluations for BI1396

Academic year 2021/2022

Sustainable Production Systems in a Global Perspective (BI1396-30143) 2022-01-17 - 2022-03-23

Academic year 2021/2022

Sustainable Production Systems in a Global Perspective (BI1396-M3143) 2022-01-17 - 2022-03-23

BI1396 Sustainable Production Systems in a Global Perspective, 15.0 Credits

Hållbara produktionssystem i ett globalt perspektiv

Syllabus approved

2020-11-12

Subjects

Biology Agricultural science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Modules

Title Credits Code
Comparing regions - group work 2.00 1002
Reading seminar Living Planet - individual work 1.00 1003
Reading seminar Planetary boundaries - individual 1.00 1004
Production system - group work 2.00 1005
E-case - group work 3.00 1006
PhD student presentation day 1.00 1007
Individual essay 5.00 1008

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 60 hp in Agricultural Science, Horticultural science or Biology.

Objectives

The course aims to educate and prepare students to work with sustainable development of production systems and to strengthen students’ competence in systems thinking, critical thinking, design and evaluation of future scenarios and decision-making in consultation with others.

After completing the course, the student should be able to:
• describe conditions for food production and bioenergy in different countries.
• describe the current situation for food production and bioenergy in different countries
• evaluate how landscapes and urban environments affect, enable and support production on both a large and small scale globally
• explain and reason about sustainability in production systems and the supply of food and bioenergy
• compare and evaluate different countries’ conditions and competitiveness for a bio-based economy
• assess the international market for various products from the agricultural and horticultural sector.

Content

The course deals with and discusses biological / ecological, environmental, climatic, technical, economic, political and social conditions for globally sustainable (social, ecological, economic) food production and bioenergy. Entrepreneurship and trade in goods and services are also covered.

The course includes:
• Biological, technical and economic conditions for agricultural production in different parts of the world
• Most important characteristic factors in production systems in different parts of the world
• Review of the current situation for agriculture 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 consists of lectures / discussions, case studies in groups and project work. The course introduction, the introduction and presentation of group and individual project work, as well as reading seminars, the research presentation day and any excursions are compulsory elements.

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: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Biology field: Övriga biologikurser
Replaces: BI1192
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

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 Agricultural and Rural Management Programme Horticultural Management - Gardening and Horticultural Production, Bachelor´s Programme Syllabus for Horticultural Management – Gardening and Horticultural Production (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology Agricultural science
Course code: BI1396 Application code: SLU-30270 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Biosystems and Technology Pace: 100%