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LK0395

Urban Agriculture and Social Interaction

The course is interdisciplinary on the theme urban agriculture. From a global and national perspective, urban agriculture is discussed as a social and political expression in society. Its significance as marker for ecological resilience and participative citizenship is taken up. On a more detailed scale, the possibilities for urban agriculture are analysed: what is allowed in the urban areas, how to consider the identity and cultural values of the site, what can you cultivate and how, as well as what kind of risks and outcomes there may be. The aim of the course is to prepare students from different disciplines to meet the challenge of urban agriculture at their professional lives.

LK0395 Urban Agriculture and Social Interaction, 15.0 Credits

Stadsodling och social interaktion

Syllabus approved

2020-11-12

Subjects

Landscape Architecture Horticultural 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

Knowledge equivalent to 60 credits in one of the following subjects:

• architecture
• landscape architecture
• landscape planning
• built environment
• design
• spatial planning
• geography
• landscape science
• environmental science
• biology
• horticultural Science
• agricultural Science

and

English B or equivalent.

The requirement for 60 credits in one of the above listed subjects is regarded as fulfilled by a student who has 15 credits in Food Studies at second cycle level.

Objectives

The course is interdisciplinary on the theme urban agriculture with a specialisation towards social and ecological sustainable development. The learning outcomes extend from a general society-oriented level to a more local and concrete plan for urban agriculture. On completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- from a global perspective, explain certain basic relationships between sustainable urban development and how initiatives of urban agriculture take form in different parts of the world.
- identify authentic examples of urban agriculture from their different possibilities and resources locally and problematise their relation to an urban planning.
- understand and relate the importance of cultivation for the health and well-being of people and and as a catalyst for local commitment.
- perform a site analysis that takes into consideration the identity of places, cultural values, the availability of the location and practical conditions for cultivation.
- account for possible cultivation, distribution and storage systems in urban environment and be able to compare these from a resource and knowledge requirements and cultivation safety point of view.
- have developed understanding of how different choices of small-scale cropping systems influence surrounding environment, biological diversity, ecosystem services and the human health.
- have knowledge of communicative and educational tools within urban agriculture.

Content

The course is given as a series of themes, that each focus on one of the challenges charateristic of modern urban agriculture. The course is concluded with a synthesising project, in which the course themes are interrelated.

The contents extend from a general, society-oriented level to a more local and concrete level plan for urban agriculture. Common concepts and definitions within urban agriculture in Swedish and international conditions as well as development of urban agriculture in a historical perspective will be discussed. Starting from site analysis, which takes into consideration place identity, cultural values, the availability of the location and practical conditions for cultivation, understanding of the importance of cultivation for participation and human health and well-being and how choice of small-scale cropping systems influences surrounding environment, biological diversity and ecosystem services, will be developed.
Identified examples of urban agriculture will be analysed from their different possibilities and locally available resources, their relation to municipal administration and private property owners and if/how they can function as a catalyst for local commitment.
Knowledge about possible cultivation, distribution and storage systems in the urban environment will be discussed as well as plant protection strategies and cultivation safety.
Moreover, flow analysis and sustainable recirculation will be considered as well as the principles behind the choice of plant and animals for the sustainable agrosystem based on knowledge of resistance biology, ecosystem services and the multifunctionality of species. It is obligatory to participate in seminars.

The course contains lectures, literature studies, seminars, assignments that are carried out independently and in groups. Field studies and study visits are carried out to the extent possible depending on supply and circumstances.

Formats and requirements for examination

Examination consists of written and oral presentations. To pass the course, passed written and oral presentations and project work are required, and participation in compulsory parts.
  • 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 is directed to students on Horticultural Management, Horticultural Science, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Engineer, Agricultural and Rural Management Programmes, the Landscape Architecture – Master’s Programme and external students.

Courses in Landscape Planning from SLU counts as Landscape Architecture when assessing qualifications.

Responsible department

Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Replaces: LK0278
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: Landscape Architecture- Master´s Programme Landscape Engineer Programme - Alnarp Horticultural Management Programme - Garden Design, Bachelor´s Programme Horticultural Management - Gardening and Horticultural Production, Bachelor´s Programme Food and Landscape Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 74982 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Landscape Architecture Horticultural science
Course code: LK0395 Application code: SLU-40070 Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management Pace: 100%