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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7078797, A.A. 2017/18

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AV2091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track FOREST AND LAND MANAGEMENT [001LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination FOREST POLICY FOR A BIO-ECONOMY STRATEGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/01 Rural economy and evaluation 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 3.0 24 51.0 No turn
Lecture 3.0 24 51.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Prerequisites: No prerequisites are requested (previous attendance to a course on forest economics or environmental economics is advisable)
Target skills and knowledge: The course general objective is to reach a knowledge and understanding in the field of forest-related policies to handle complexity and formulate judgements on the decisions taken by public and private actors related to the use of forests, with special reference to the European bio-economy strategy.
Examination methods: Written and oral exams.
The written exam is based on a series of open questions (one for each module of the course). The oral part is a 20 minutes discussion on the contents of the course. The oral exam can be passed in the same day of the written test. The validity of the written test is of one year.
Assessment criteria: The final mark is the weighted sum of 3 criteria:
- the active participation to the lessons and the marks of the short essays prepared during the lessons (20%)
- the written test (40%)
- the oral exam (40%)
Course unit contents: The course is organized in two parts.
(i) In the first part the methodology to analyse a policy process is presented looking at the context, the issues, the stakeholders involved, the political process and describing the instruments of policy. We then discuss how to deal with a problem of policy design and implementation and we will describe the main governance issues.
(ii) In the second part sectoral policies related to forest resources are analysed: we start with international and European forest policies and then we discuss rural development policies, trade policies aimed to reduce the problems of illegality in the wood value chain, climate change policies with special reference to the institutional and voluntary markets for the Carbon credits, renewable energy policies.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is structured in two parts and 9 teaching units. A blended learning approach is used. All the main contents of the course are discussed in frontal lectures. For each unit in the Moodle platform of the course the slides used during the lessons, some readings, other learning material, a checklist of the contents of the unit and, for some units, a test are made available.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Papers and other learning material (videos, DBs, web sites, case studies, …) are made available in the Moodle platform of the course (

For the first part of the course a reference textbook is: M.Krott, Forest Policy Analysis. Springler, EFI, 2001.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)