Degree: Master
University: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences , Faculty: Faculty of Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Science
City: Uppsala , Country: Sweden
Discipline: Applied Sciences, Proffesions&Arts
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  • Admission deadline 15 January
  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    Programme Description

    Can agriculture support both man and the ecological systems? Is it possible to separate social and ecological systems within agriculture?

    Using case studies and field experience, the Master´s Programme in Agroecology guides students through a learning process on agriculture as an open system, dependent on its global and regional surroundings, as well as people and local resources. The programme offers a head start for students who seek to work with development or research for agriculture to support small-scale farmers.

    Farming and food production are ecologically, economically and socially important in all societies. Worldwide there is a need for academic experts that can deal with land use systems that are complex, multifunctional and rapidly changing. This programme investigates the social, economic and environmental barriers and opportunities for small scale and sustainable agricultural production. Some examples of subjects are: agronomy in a systems ecology perspective; farm production integrated with nature conservation and production of ecosystem services; the sociology of farming and agriculture.

    Learning through experience

    The programme is based on learning through experience, which means that the complexity of real life situations is the starting-point for study activities. The programme uses real-life case material, for students to test and practice their ongoing acquired knowledge and skills.

    Interdisciplinary approach

    The programme contains theoretical bases and methodologies for agroecological and interdisciplinary analyses needed to contribute to sustainable development of livelihoods based on local renewable resources. The programme emphasizes the relationship between biological resources and human societies.

    International focus

    The programme has an international focus based upon educational partnership between SLU and Universities in Ethiopia and Uganda. The Programme is first and foremost based on agroecological systems and experiences from Nordic agriculture, applied to tropical settings.

    Diverse cultural backgrounds and academic experiences among students are both encouraged and regarded as constructive for the overall training process.

    Programme scope: 2 years, 120 credits

    Next start: Alnarp 29 August 2011

    Number of admission places: 30


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