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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AGO2045189, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AV2091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
E-Learning website
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

Teacher in charge LAURA SECCO AGR/01

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

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
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

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 Commissione a.a. 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 SECCO LAURA (Presidente)
GATTO PAOLA (Supplente)
2 Commissione a.a. 2016/17 01/12/2016 30/11/2017 SECCO LAURA (Presidente)
GATTO PAOLA (Supplente)

Prerequisites: No pre-requirements requested.
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to identify and understand key-links between forest policy, forest governance and conflicts management and to recognize the conflict situation as a creative opportunity in forest policy development, implementation and reforms, as well as in forest governance changes and social innovation related to the use and management of forest resources.

Competences to be acquired: (i) Knowledge about dynamical relationships among territory, actors, resources; knowledge about forest resources rights and institutional assets; knowledge about links between forest land use, forest policy, forest governance and conflicts; (ii) knowledge about new modes of governance and participation in various (not only conflicting) situations related to forest management and use; (iii) knowledge about basic concepts and theoretical approaches on theory of changes, forest policy reforms, negotiation and conflict management, forest governance assessment; (iv) ability to evaluate power relationships and to analyse effectiveness of forest policy and governance tools in changing rural populations’ assets, in improving adaptation strategies, in supporting local economic development, etc.; (v) ability in recognising and using different types of indicators for assessing forest governance at various level (global, national, local).
Focus on European (Mediterranean)and tropical countries.
Examination methods: The students are required to deal with 3 types of compulsory tasks during the course:

1) Oral presentation and discussion of slides (Power Point file) on selected scientific papers related to the course’s topic.
2) Classroom exercises, classroom role games and eventual home assignments.
3) Final oral examination based on open-ended questions and discussion with the teacher.

Activities 1 and 2 might take place in working groups. Activity 3 will be strictly individual.
Assessment criteria: The 3 types of compulsory tasks required to the students during the course will count for different percentages on the final mark:
1) Oral presentations and discussion of slides will count for 25% on the final mark;
2) Classroom exercises, role games and home assignments will count for 25% on the final mark;
and 3) Final oral examination will count for 50% on the final mark.

Students will be evaluated on the basis of their active participation into the course (level of lessons attendance, quality of questions and comments, originality of topics brought to discussion, etc.), their personal capacity in terms of new knowledge and skills acquired, capacity in terms of critical analysis, clearness and accuracy in writing/presenting (slides, exercises, home assignments, oral answers to open-ended questions and discussion with the teacher).
Course unit contents: The course deepens the concept of forest policy and governance models intended to solve conflicts in link with deforestation and unsustainable management of forest. Central themes are: (i) forest policy and policy reforms at global, regional, national and local levels; (ii) the international dialogue on forests and certification systems: the opposite views and examples of conflicts; (iii) different visions on new modes of governance; (iv) governance and ‘good governance’ concepts applied to forest sector; (v) forest governance assessment initiatives; (vi) multi-actor, multi-sector and multi-level governance; (vii) governance and public participation in conflicting situations, negotiation procedures;(viii) sustainability, multifunctionality and cross-sectoral impact concepts as discussed for forest policy analysis; (ix) various examples (case-studies from European, Mediterranean and tropical areas) related to: national forest policy formulation processes, forest certification initiatives, community-based forestry, forest-based rural development projects, human-nature conflicts (e.g. biodiversity protection-resources exploitation conflicts).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lessons; case-study analysis; classroom exercises (workshops in small groups of students, oral presentations and plenary discussions, role games, specialized seminars on specific topics with the partecipation of external experts); home assignments (few short exercises, papers reading).
Additional notes about suggested reading: - PPT presentations of the lectures (as PDF files)
- Various PDF documents (scientific papers, reports, websites and any other relevant source of information available on-line) and eventual other books/articles available in our library and/or online databases - as suggested step-by-step during the course.
- Material for exercises distributed in classroom.
All the documents will be make available on Moodle.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • PROFOR/FAO, Framework for Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance.. Rome: WB/FAO, 2011. Available on-line at URL:
  • Rametsteiner, E.,, Governance concepts and their application in forest policy initiatives from global to local levels. Small-Scale Forestry, 8: 143-158.. --: --, 2009.
  • WRI, The governance of forests toolkit (version 2): a framework of indicators for assessing governance of the forest sector.. --: World Resource Institute., 2013.
  • Arts, B., Forests policy analysis and theory use: Overview and trends. Forest Policy and Economics, 16: 7-13. --: Elsevier., 2012.
  • Cubbage, F., Harou, P., Sills, E., Policy instruments to enhance multifunctional forest management. Forest Policy and Economics, 9(7): 833-851. --: Elsevier., 2007.
  • Bardach, E., A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving.. New York.: Chatman House Publishers., 2000. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Secco, L., et al., Why and how to measure forest governance at local level: A set of indicators. Forest Policy and Economics, 49:57-71.. --: Elsevier., 2014.