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Agroecology and Sustainability of Production Systems

Through working with case studies in practice this course facilitates students to get familiar with all aspects of farm systems and livelihoods. The aim is to well understand the interdependency as well as specific aspects of productivity and sustainability, crops and livestock, social, economic and institutional dimensions of small scale farming systems in a local and global perspective. By working with small holder cases from different countries and different ecological settings, the student will be exposed to different kind of agricultural systems that adapt to very different situations, socio-economically as well as ecologically.

The course Agroecology Basics, 15 credits is recommended as prior study.

Dear all,

A very warm Welcome to the course, Agroecology and Sustainability of Productions Systems, LB0109. As the covid-19 situation seems to be improving and the return of physical teaching is possible (from SLU's latest guidelines), most of the lectures and course activities of LB0109 will take place on-site in Alnarp. Please refer to the course schedule on course website (https://student.slu.se/en/studies/courses-and-programmes/course-search/course/LB0109/20051.2122 (Links to an external site.)) for the title, timing, room and teacher of the lecture and teaching activities.

You can still see in the course schedule document that few of the lectures are not yet decided on whether it will take place online or on-site. I will update the information after hearing from the respective teachers and also inform you through announcement in this Canvas.

Unfortunately, on the first day (02 Nov, 09.15-12.00), there are no class room available and hence the 'Course introduction and instructions for course work' will take place via zoom. Here is the zoom link and passcode:

https://slu-se.zoom.us/j/2465751769 (Links to an external site.)

Passcode: 954545

However, in the afternoon (13.15-15.00 hrs ) we will meet in Articum 2 class room in Alnarp.

Georg Carlsson and Anna Peterson will be the examiners of this course, and you will meet both of them on several occasions during the course.

I also put up a google sheet (see link below) and I request you to fill-in your name, educational background, skills and interests, etc. The information will help to know each other better and we shall try to benefit each other from our varied experiences and interests.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1KjGQi3UwRIdDYvxVwNNpUF0MydPnSp-zjyNEm0k6lEA/edit?usp=sharing

I look forward to meeting you all in person, enjoy the time during the course, and to continue our interactions even after the course.

best wishes,

Raj Chongtham

raj.chongtham@slu.se

Mobile: 072 549 8812

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The course evaluation is open between 2022-01-09 and 2022-01-30

Additional course evaluations for LB0109

Academic year 2021/2022

Agroecology and Sustainability of Production Systems (LB0109-M2051) 2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16

Academic year 2020/2021

Agroecology and Sustainability of Production Systems (LB0109-20088) 2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Agroecology and Sustainability of Production Systems (LB0109-20006) 2019-11-01 - 2020-01-19

LB0109 Agroecology and Sustainability of Production Systems, 15.0 Credits

Agroecology and Sustainability of Production Systems

Syllabus approved

2018-11-21

Subjects

Biology Agricultural science

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

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

Knowledge equivalent to 120 credits, including 90 credits in one of the subjects/educational areas Social Science, Natural Science or Technology, and English 6.

Objectives

The aim is to provide applied and holistic understanding of agricultural production systems; how components and processes in production systems interact with each other and their surroundings. On completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Evaluate and discuss the productivity, sustainability, inputs and outputs in agroecosystems
- Explain and discuss different agroecological perspectives on the balance and interaction between crop and livestock production
- Describe and explain how farming interacts with the diverse environmental, social, economic and institutional dimensions of sustainable development in agriculture and food systems
- Identify, evaluate and propose solutions to problems relevant to the individual production system, i.e. a farm.

Content

The course introduces students to agroecological principles and perspectives on production systems via case studies, lectures, scientific literature, student-led seminars, study visits and student assignments performed individually and in groups. Work with farm cases is an important pedagogic component. Students will be trained in how to describe and explain the interactions between farming practices and the social-ecological conditions that influence the sustainability of agricultural production in a holistic food system context.

The course explores the roles of ecological principles and processes such as competition, diversity, facilitation, nutrient cycling and trophic interactions for the functioning and resource use efficiency of production systems. Students will use agroecological concepts and tools to investigate how production components such as crops, animals, soil, technological equipment, infrastructural settings, economic and social settings, cultural norms and other formal or informal institutions interact and influence decision-making and production conditions in the studied systems. Students will also be introduced to different frameworks and methods to evaluate the sustainability of agricultural production systems.

The course will deal with fundamental agronomic production issues in agroecological contexts, with focus on ecosystem services related to crop production, soil processes such as soil fertility building, nutrient cycles and sustainable pest management. Design of diverse and multifunctional systems will be discussed in terms of environmental, economic and social sustainability.

Scheduled seminars, study visits and presentations are mandatory.

Formats and requirements for examination

To obtain the course credits, a pass in the written examination and assignment work, plus approved participation in compulsory course components will be required.
  • 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.

Additional information

The course uses concepts and skills that are taught and trained in the course Agroecology Basics. It is therefore recommended, although not a formal prerequisite, that students take Agroecology Basics prior to this course.

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: LB0098

Grading Criteria of LB0109, Agroecology and Sustainability of Production Systems, 2021-22

Learning objectives (LO)

1 Evaluate and discuss the productivity, sustainability, inputs and outputs in agroecosystems

2 Explain and discuss different agroecological perspectives on the balance and interaction between crop and livestock production

3 Describe and explain how farming interacts with the diverse environmental, social, economic and institutional dimensions of sustainable development in agriculture and food systems

4 Identify, evaluate and propose solutions to problems relevant to the individual production system, i.e. a farm

Examination assessing the LO

TAPE, farm group work, individual assignment, student seminars

TAPE, farm group work, student seminars

TAPE, farm group work, individual assignment, student seminars

TAPE, farm group work, individual assignment

The student's learning activities show:

Requirements for grade 3

- satisfactory skills in analysis and judgement - ability to discuss the important agroecosystem characteristics - participation in seminars and presentations

- satisfactory performance in explaining and discussing interactions - participation in seminars and presentations

- satisfactory performance in describing and explaining interactions - participation in seminars and presentations

satisfactory performance in: - identifying problems on farm - collecting and analysing data - evaluating the reliability of collected data - categorising information and ideas - applying tools/methods to complex problems and suggesting solutions.

Requirements for grade 4

- very good performance in analysis and sound judgement - good ability to reflect and discuss the important agroecosystem characteristics - active participation in seminars and presentations

- very good performance in explaining and discussing interactions - active participation in seminars and presentations

- detailed knowledge about the various dimensions of agroecological development - ability to describe and explain most important interactions - active participation in seminars and presentations

very good performance in: - identifying problems on farm - collecting and analysing data - evaluating the reliability of collected data - categorising information and ideas - applying tools/methods to complex problems and suggesting solutions.

Requirements for grade 5

- excellent performance and independent prioritizing - excellent performance in reflection and discussion of the most important agroecosystem characteristics - active participation in seminars and presentations

- excellent performance in detailed explanation, reflection and discussion on interactions - active participation in seminars and presentations

- depth and systematic understanding, and - ability to make a detailed description and explanation of interactions using concepts based on critical selection - active participation in seminars and presentations

Excellent performance in: - identifying problems on farm - collecting and analysing data - evaluating the reliability of collected data - categorising information and ideas - applying tools/methods to complex problems and suggesting solutions.

To obtain grade 5, all assignments must be completed according to deadlines stated in the course schedule

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Agroecology - Master´s Programme Food and Landscape Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Biology Agricultural science
Course code: LB0109 Application code: SLU-20051 Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Biosystems and Technology Pace: 100%