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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AGL1000544, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IF0325, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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 EDI DEFRANCESCO AGR/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/01 Rural economy and evaluation 8.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 3.0 24 51.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Prerequisites: Basic skills on Agri-food Microeconomics are needed. Consequently students are invited to have already obtained the Principi di Economia mark.
Target skills and knowledge: Theoretical and applied knowledge and understanding: The course provides students a framework helping them to critically analyze the evolution of the objectives of the common agricultural policy (CAP) and of the public farm support policies under CAP. Particular emphasis will be placed on the meat and dairy sector. Students will be able to evaluate the impact of current CAP measures and schemes on consumers, farmers and society needs, on domestic agro-food markets and on international trade.
Examination methods: Written exam. The following oral discussion is not mandatory.
Assessment criteria: The final exam will evaluate student's skills on common agricultural policy analysis as well as their ability in the case-study analysis. Their their communication, making judgment and critical thinking skills will be particularly taken into account while evaluating the student.
Course unit contents: Credits:
1) European Union (EU) Institutions, the organisation and the evolution of the decision-making processes. The most relevant Treaties.
2) Reasons underlying the public intervention in agriculture. The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP): objectives and its evolution over time. EU overall budget, CAP funding and different EU countries contribution and benefit.
3-5) Evolution of the Common market organizations policies along time: from price support-based policies to the CAP 2014-2020. A focus on meat and dairy sector. WTO and international trade issues. The future of the CAP.
6-7) From structural policies to rural development programs. Agro-environmental policies and the multifunctional role of agriculture.
8) Seminars and practical lectures from farmers' consultants on how to apply for first and second pillar CAP provisions..
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Theoretical lectures, direct regulations analysis, discussion on impact evaluations of legislative proposals Teaching approach aiming at training students to refer and access to the primary regulation sources. lectures will be complemented with operational lectures from farmers' consultants.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Teaching materials will be provided to students during the course on the moodle platform The password will be provided them at the beginning of the semester.
Students may personally contact me at the end of each lecture, under appointment via e-mail or during the students-individual tutoring time. The latter will be scheduled at the beginning of the semester.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Oskam, EU policy for agriculture, food and rural areas. Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publisher, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Vieri, Politica agraria comunitaria, nazionale e regionale. Milano: Edagricole, 2001. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Nomisma, La politica agricola europea nell’UE allargata. Bologna: Nomisma, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • INEA, Le politiche agricole dell’Unione Europea, Rapporto 2004-2005. Roma: INEA, 2006.
  • Mantino, Lo sviluppo rurale in Europa,. Milano: Edagricole, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Zero Hunger Good Health and Well-Being Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action