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Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Nutritional Sciences and Environmental Management

Course Title: 0901 Natural Resources and Ecosystem Services

Course Description
  • Learn about the concept of supporting, regulating, provisioning and cultural ecosystem services, as well as related frameworks
  • Identification and understanding of multiple ecosystem services provided by different ecosystems, including the effect of climate change and human interventions on the provisioning of ecosystem services
  • Introduction to basic processing and analysis of spatial data using QGIS software
  • Learn how to use and analyse spatial datasets to quantify ecosystem services using InVEST by applying the knowledge from the lectures to a case study in hands-on tutorials
  • Evaluate and use results in the frame of a decision support analysis
Faculty

Agricultural Sciences, Nutritional Sciences and Environmental Management

Institute

Institute of Landscape Ecology and Resources Management

Lecturer

Dr. Suzanne Jacobs

Study Period (dd/mm/yy)

11/04/22-15/07/22

Mode and Time

Asynchronous

Online Tool for Teaching

Pre-recorded lectures, step-by-step tutorials and related course materials will be provided through Ilias. Separate consultation sessions will be organised using Webex to provide tailored support with tutorials.

Language of Instruction

English

Target Group

Bachelor, Master in the field of Environmental sciences and related fields

Prerequisites

Fluency in spoken and written English is required. Basic knowledge of environmental processes and GIS recommended.

ECTS

6

Course Title: 0902 Resource Economics and Sustainable Management

Course Description

Our modern technology- and services-based economy crucially depends on natural resources. Thus, many current policies deal with the overexploitation of natural resources. In the modern economy, the electricity (power) sector plays a central role. On the one hand, it exploits renewable resources (wind, solar power etc.) and non-renewable resources (fossil fuels), on the other hand, it contributes to climate change by exploiting the atmosphere as a non-renewable resource (greenhouse gas dump). Against this backdrop, this course explains basic methods and advanced models and provides a deeper understanding of the underlying economic mechanisms referring to current policy challenges.

Faculty

Agricultural Sciences, Nutritional Sciences and Environmental Management

Institute

Institute for Agricultural Policy and Market Research

Lecturer

Michael Hübler

Study Period (dd/mm/yy)

11/04/22-15/07/22

Mode and Time

Synchronous, Time (CET): Thursdays, 8:30-12:00

Asynchronous

Online Tool for Teaching

StudIP (Webex, MS Teams)

Language of Instruction

English

Target Group

Master

Prerequisites

Basics micro-economics

ECTS

6

Course Title: 0903 Food Politics

Course Description

This module introduces you to food as a political issue such as hunger, food security, malnutrition, sustainability, power politics, social justice or cultural identity. Food politics is about the political nature of food from fork to farm as well as from local to global levels.

Topics might include:

  • food production safety, labelling, and nutrition;

  • environmental concerns ranging from organic farming and sustainable agriculture to consumption and waste disposal;

  • politics of specific foods and foodways (e.g. fast food, genetically modified foods, etc.)

  • ethics of animal care and vegetarianism as politics of the everyday

  • politics of hunger and malnutrition

  • food movements (e.g. slow food movement, food sovereignty movement) and other stakeholders. 

Faculty

Agricultural Sciences, Nutritional Sciences and Environmental Management

Institute

Consumer Research, Communication and Food Sociology

Lecturer

Prof. Dr. Stefan Wahlen

Study Period (dd/mm/yy)

11/04/22-15/07/22

Mode and Time

Synchronous (live), Time (CET): Mondays, 14:00-18:00

 

Online Tool for Teaching

ILIAS

Language of Instruction

English

Target Group

Bachelor, Master

Prerequisites

No

ECTS

6

Course Title: 0904 Sustainable Food Systems

Course Description
  • Widening the focus from farming/agroecosystems to food systems
  • Methods to assess the sustainability of different food systems

  • Components of sustainable food systems (agricultural production, transformation, logistics, ...)

  • Food system innovations (e.g. Food Policy Councils, Community Supported Agriculture, Food Saving)

  •  Discussions with local food system stakeholders

Faculty

Agricultural Sciences, Nutritional Sciences and Environmental Management

Institute

Department of Agronomy and Plant Breeding II, Organic Farming with focus on Sustainable Soil Use

Lecturer

Dr. Wiebke Niether, Prof. Dr. Andreas Gattinger, Jocelyn Paro

Study Period (dd/mm/yy)

11/04/22-15/07/22

Mode and Time

Synchronous (live), Time (CET): tbd

Online Tool for Teaching

Ilias, Webex, MS Teams

Language of Instruction

English

Target Group

Master

Prerequisites

Fluent English and a completed BSc program in Agriculture, Nutritional, Environmental sciences

ECTS

6

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