FSE-31806 Agroecology


Studiepunten 6.00

Field practical4
Group work4
Excursion (one day)16
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. FJJA Bianchi
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. FJJA Bianchi
CJ Timler
dr. ir. TJ Stomph
dr. ir. WAH Rossing
MAJ Hofmeijer
prof. dr. NPR Anten
I Wheeler
JP Steinfeld
Examiner(s)dr. ir. WAH Rossing
dr. ir. FJJA Bianchi

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06200 Fieldwork Safety

Assumed knowledge on:

Basic Agronomy and Crop Ecology


Agroecology is the scientific discipline that supports the design of sustainable agroecosystems and encompasses both ecological and social dimensions. The ultimate goal of this course is to train a new generation of agricultural ecologists that are able to integrate disciplines to inform the design and implementation of agroecological innovations at the scales of field to landscape, and as part of sustainable food systems. The course will offer the scientific knowledge bases to achieve that through six complementary modules: (1) the context of agroecology, (2) flows and cycles in agroecosystems, (3) functional biodiversity and ecosystem services, (4) agroecological practices, (5) transformation towards agroecological systems, and (6) integration, capacity building & communication. The course is built following systems thinking and theory, so that the role of human agency is seen as operating through the design of structures (abiotic, biotic, social diversity and their organisation) to achieve desirable functions (resource capture, productivity, recycling, ecological regulation, nutrition, governance).

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain the diversity of agroecological systems in terms of dimensions, diversity and value systems;
- explain the dynamics and complexity of agro-ecological interactions;
- analyse the relationship between structure and function of agroecosystems;
- distinguish stakeholder roles and relevance in agroecological innovation;
- ntegrate and synthesise knowledge to inform the design of agroecological systems.


The course will be taught using material which will be provided in Brightspace including Powerpoint presentations, scientific articles, group work exercises, models and games.


Grades are assigned on:
- an individual exam (70%);
- a group work report (30%).
Both grades need to be a 5.5 or higher.


The course will be taught using scientific articles which will be provided in Brightspace.

Keuze voor: MOAOrganic AgricultureMScA: Spec. A - Agroecology6WD
MPSPlant SciencesMScA: Spec. A - Crop Science6WD
MPSPlant SciencesMScC: Spec. C - Natural Resource Management6WD
MOADDSpec. Agroecology DDMSc6WD
Keuze voor: WUSACBSc Minor Sustainable Agriculture and Consumption6WD