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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7078925, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AV2091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track FOREST AND NATURE FOR THE FUTURE [002LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
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 8.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 4.0 32 68.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

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

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 SECCO LAURA (Presidente)
GATTO PAOLA (Supplente)
PISANI ELENA (Supplente)
1 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 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 interlinkages among forest policy, forest governance and conflict management and recognize the conflict situation as a creative opportunity in forest policy development and implementation, as well as in forest governance change and reform and the specific role of social innovation.

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 resources management; (iii) knowledge about basic concepts and theoretical approaches on theory of changes, forest policy and forest policy reforms, negotiation and conflict management; (iv) ability to evaluate power relationships and analyze effectiveness of forest policy and governance tools in changing rural populations’ assets, in improving adaptation strategies, in supporting local development, etc.; (v) ability in recognising and using different approaches to forest governance analysis and assessment 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 play and (eventual) home assignments (e.g. a short written report on the observations made during the field trip).
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 is 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 play 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, unsustainable management of forests and other global forest-related concerns. 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) how to explore forest governance: the analytical and the normative approach; (vi) multi-actor, multi-sector and multi-level governance: the role of networks; (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 based on power point and plenary discussions, role play, specialized seminars on specific topics with the participation of external experts); home assignments (few short exercises, papers reading); field trip.
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 online) and, when appropriate, 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 are 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. Cerca nel catalogo
  • 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. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Cubbage, F., Harou, P., Sills, E., Policy instruments to enhance multifunctional forest management. Forest Policy and Economics, 9(7): 833-851. --: Elsevier., 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • 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. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Concept maps
  • Peer feedback
  • Peer assessment
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Students peer review
  • role play

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Climate Action Life on Land Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions Partnerships for the Goals