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The history and future of cultivated plants in Sweden

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Academic year 2020/2021

The history and future of cultivated plants in Sweden (TD0017-50087) 2021-06-07 - 2021-08-29

TD0017 The history and future of cultivated plants in Sweden, 7.5 Credits

De odlade växternas historia och framtid i Sverige

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Biology Horticultural science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(G1N)

Grading scale

Pass / Failed 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.



Prior knowledge

The equivalence of general entrance requirements for higher education studies.


The aim of the course is to provide basic knowledge about the history and future of the cultivated plants, and their significance for our everyday lives. The focus will be on the plants’ origin, cultivation, use and breeding. The course will also train the student in analyzing, arguing and drawing conclusions about solutions to future societal challenges linked to cultivated plants.

After this course the student will be able to:
- Describe basic concepts concerning the development and use of cultivated plants
- Describe and compare the properties, origins, form of cultivation and areas of use in both historical and comtemporary perspectives
- Explain the basics of plant breeding and how access to genetic diversity can be important for future plant breeding
- Identify future societal challenges and reason about solutions connected to the cultivated plants.


The course is given as a distance course over the summer with an introductory and concluding digital meeting. In between, the students works individually and temporally independently with a number of modules. The course ends with a summative assignment.

Cultivated plants are the plants that we have grown and used in different ways in our everyday lives for a very long time. They have given us food, clothes, housing, fuel, paints, medicines and stimulants. For each module, the origin, cultivation and use of a crop are treated, as well as how they can be used to create a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable society. Also more general topics related to plant breeding will be treated within the course, such as the importance of gene banks in maintaining access to gene resources with genetic diversity. The course focuses mainly on plants that have been or are important for the primary production of food in Sweden, such as potatoes, barley, broad beans, cabbage, hops and apples. It is an interdisciplinary course but with a clear scientific focus. The student will also be able to practice analyzing, arguing and drawing, conclusions about solutions to future societal challenges linked to the cultivated plants in Sweden.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved assignments and mandatory elements.
  • 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 Plant Breeding

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Biology field: Genetik
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
1) Kurslitteratur
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Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology Horticultural science
Course code: TD0017 Application code: SLU-50093 Location: Independent courses Distance course: Yes Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Plant Breeding Pace: 50%