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Agroecology: Working with the complexity of farming systems

Syftet med kursen är att ge dig som är intresserad av global utveckling en introduktion till analyser av komplexa lantbrukssystem.

Information from the course leader

Welcome to the online Agroecology course 2023!

This online course is based on a real farm case of the Global North. You will learn about and practice methods for describing and analysing a case and its goals, and will train in analysing and suggesting improvements.

This is a 7.5 credits course running on 100% speed. As the course has very strict delivery deadlines it will require your full-time engagement. If you are planning to take this course together with other courses, vacations or work, we advise you not to take the course! All communication will be conducted through the web platform in Canvas.

In this course, you will learn an approach to work systemically with complex situations in farming systems. You will not only learn how to systemically analyse a case study, but also practice methods for describing and analysing the case and its goals, aswell as train in analysing and suggesting improvements. Using the case, you will have the opportunity to explore the complexity of farming systems using concepts such as systems, multi-functionality and ecosystem services.

The course will include group assignments as well as individual work. Key readings will be given in all modules to helpsupport the learning activities with theoretical information. All readings will be available in Canvas before the course start.

This course is based on the long-term collaboration of Nordic universities (SLU, NMBU, KU and HU) in the framework of Agroasis (Nordic Agroecology Network).

Course literature

All literature will be available in Canvas by course start

Key readings:

  1. Armson, R. 201 Growing Wings on the Way: Systems Thinking for Messy Situations. Triarchy Press Limited, 2011. Chapters 3, 4 and pages 149-153.
  2. Gliessman, S. R. 2015. Agroecology. The ecology of food systems. Third edition. CRC Press. 371 pp. Chapters 1, 2, 24, 25, 26.
  3. Holland, J. 2007. Tools for institutional, political, and social analysis of policy reform: a sourcebook for development practitioners.
  4. Geir Lieblein, Edvin Østergaard & Charles Francis. 200 Becoming an Agroecologist through Action Education. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 2:3, 147-153,
  5. Wells, S. 2006. Force Field Analysis. Mini-Tutorial Quality Management. 4 p.
  6. Wilson, J. 1992. Changing Agriculture. Kangaroo Press, Kenthurst, pp.80 (pages in the course: 7-15, 24-26, 36-38 and 40-54).

Additional readings:

  1. Berry, W. 1990. The Pleasure of Eating. In: Robert Clark (Ed) Our Sustainable Table, North Point Press, 1990.
  2. Kloppenburg et al., (1996). Coming in to the Foodshed. Agriculture and Human Values. 13, 33-4
  3. IPES-Food. 2016. From uniformity to diversity: a paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems. International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food systems.

Course evaluation

The course evaluation is now closed

LB0121-30110 - 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 LB0121

Academic year 2023/2024

Agroecology: Working with the complexity of farming systems (LB0121-30312)

2024-01-15 - 2024-03-19

Academic year 2021/2022

Agroecology: Working with the complexity of farming systems (LB0121-30219)

2022-01-17 - 2022-02-17

Syllabus and other information

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Agriculture Programme - Food Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19030 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Agricultural Science Agricultural science
Course code: LB0121 Application code: SLU-30110 Location: Uppsala Distance course: Yes Language: English Responsible department: Department of Urban and Rural Development Pace: 100%