We use examples from different parts of the world, including Sweden. We explore how different types of agroforestry systems are adapted to different conditions, how system design affects biological processes and microclimate, how agroforestry affects the environment, the advantages and disadvantages of different agroforestry systems and the economic, environmental and social sustainability of agroforestry. The course offers lectures by teachers and invited speakers, discussions, study visits and a considerable amount of independent study.
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Academic year 2022/2023
2022-11-01 - 2023-01-15
Academic year 2021/2022
2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16
Syllabus and other information
LB0123 Agroforestry, 15.0 CreditsAgroforestry
Education cycleBachelor’s level
Advanced study in the main fieldFirst cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Bachelor’s level (G1F)
The grade requirements within the course grading system are set out in specific criteria. These criteria must be available by the course start at the latest.
Prior knowledgeKnowledge equivalent to at least 30 credits in any of the educational areas social sciences and/or natural sciences, and English B or equivalent.
The course gives an overview of different types of agroforestry systems, with the aim to develop the students’ understanding of the interactions between organisms and processes in cropping systems combining agricultural crops (including grazed crops) with woody perennials.
On completion of the course, the students will be able to:
give an account of different types of agroforestry systems and on a general level explain how they can be adapted to climatic, economic and landscape-related conditions;
discuss how the design of an agroforestry system affects biological processes and microclimate;
compare environmental impacts of agroforestry systems to those of other cropping systems;
discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different agroforestry systems, taking into account practical aspects, productivity and profitability;
discuss the economic, environmental and social sustainability of different agroforestry systems.
The course combines teacher led and student led activities, such as lectures, literature studies, case studies, project work, group presentations, study visits and field exercises. The course connects to the surrounding society through invited speakers and study visits. The teaching is linked to national and international research, through lectures and literature studies.
The course conveys knowledge about different types of agroforestry systems, for example alley cropping, silvopastoral systems and permaculture. The course presents examples of how agroforestry systems have been developed and applied under varying conditions (climate, landscape, farming intensity etc.), and how management interacts with biological processes and microclimate. Through literature studies, lectures and projects, individually and in groups, the student will gain a deeper understanding of environmental advantages of agroforestry systems, but also insight into the challenges and possible trade-offs related to management feasibility, productivity and profitability of agroforestry systems.
Grading formThe grade requirements within the course grading system are set out in specific criteria. These criteria must be available by the course start at the latest.
Formats and requirements for examination
Passed written exams and assignments. Active participation in scheduled compulsory elements such as group presentations, exercises and seminars.
If a student has failed an examination, the examiner has the right to issue supplementary assignments. This applies if it is possible and there are grounds to do so.
The examiner can provide an adapted assessment to students entitled to study support for students with disabilities following a decision by the university. Examiners may also issue an adapted examination or provide an alternative way for the students to take the exam.
If this syllabus is withdrawn, SLU may introduce transitional provisions for examining students admitted based on this syllabus and who have not yet passed the course.
For the assessment of an independent project (degree project), the examiner may also allow a student to add supplemental information after the deadline for submission. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
The right to participate in teaching and/or supervision only applies for the course instance the student was admitted to and registered on.
If there are special reasons, students are entitled to participate in components with compulsory attendance when the course is given again. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
Additional informationBasic prior knowledge is recommended in the main fields of study agricultural science, horticultural science, biology, environmental science or landscape architecture.
Department of Biosystems and Technology