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Agroecology Basics

Through field studies, discussions and literature studies, the students explore basic principles and characteristics of agroecosystems, as open and interactive systems,. The course focuses on agroecosystems as integrated social and natural systems in constant change. Description of environmental factors, farming practices and socio-economic conditions that influence the sustainability of agricultural and horticultural production and livelihoods of farmers will be presented. Tools for understanding and developing such integrated systems, and methods for evaluating the production and performance of such systems, will be employed. The course is part of the Agroecology Master.

Information from the course leader

Dear students,

Welcome to the Agroecology Basics course at SLU Alnarp. Whether you take the course as a single course or as part of the MSc in Agroecology, we are looking forward to meeting you. For those of you who will enroll in the Agroecology program, please note the roll call on Monday morning 10.30-11.30 in Östan (Agricum building). We will give you further information on the MSc program and you will meet some of the support group. For those of you only taking the course, we hope to see you in Articum 1, on Tuesday afternoon 13.15. I attach the preliminary course schedule. From Tuesday, we will use CANVAS only as a course communication platform. On this site the most recent schedule and updates will be posted, so update yourself via Canvas at the start of a day.

The course literature will be posted too. For now, you can read/watch the following:

  • Gliessman, S. R. 2015. Agroecology: the Ecology of Sustainable Food systems. CRC Press. (Chapter 1 and 2).
  • Gliessman, FAO video:
  • Tittonel, P. Feeding the world with Agroecology - TEDxEde 2014 (
  • Altieri, M. Agroecology and Climate Change (
  • La Via Campesina. A fight for food sovereignty. (
  • Wezel et al. 2009. Agroecology as a science, a movement and a practise. A review. Agron Sustain Dev 29: 503-515.

Further: on the second day of the course (Aug 30) we will spend some time to get to know everyone of you. In preparation of that you will make a 1 min video, and a creative picture of you (loosely in the sense of a rich picture). If you wish, you can make the video and drawing (preferred A2 format) already now. It can be as creative as you wish, but should introduce who you are, background, your biggest drive to taking the course, and what you hope to get out of the course/program.


Teun Dekker

Course Leader and Director of Studies

Course evaluation

The course evaluation is now closed

LB0108-10045 - 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 LB0108

Academic year 2022/2023

Agroecology Basics (LB0108-10116)

2022-08-29 - 2022-10-31

Academic year 2021/2022

Agroecology Basics (LB0108-10122)

2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2020/2021

Agroecology Basics (LB0108-10163)

2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

Academic year 2019/2020

Agroecology Basics (LB0108-10010)

2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

Syllabus and other information

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Agroecology - Master's Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Horticultural Science Agricultural Science
Course code: LB0108 Application code: SLU-10045 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Plant Protection Biology Pace: 100%