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SC01122896, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1178, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination AGRO-ECOLOGY AND HUMAN ECOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
Mandatory attendance
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 MASSIMO DE MARCHI M-GGR/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/07 Ecology 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 2.0 32 18.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 AGROECOLOGIA ED ECOLOGIA UMANA 2019-2020 01/10/2019 27/11/2020 DE MARCHI MASSIMO (Presidente)
MIOLA ANTONELLA (Membro Effettivo)
MIOLA ANTONELLA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: No pre-requisite
Target skills and knowledge: To provide the students with the main theoretical and methodological elements to work independently in the debate on agroecology and in the construction of public policies on the transition of agroecology, land management, food sovereignty, local development at national and international level. A student who has met the objective of the course will be able: - To know the main theoretical elements and the scientific debate and the public debate on agroecology, the transition in agroecology, food sovereignty- To know the main policies and strategy at the national and international level on agroecology and transition in agroecology- To use indicators on agriculture sustainability at landscape and farm level - To use some tools for mapping agroecosystems green and blue infrastructures and evaluate ecosystem services- To know some tools and methods of participatory action research for the analysis and management of agro-ecosystems and the territory
Examination methods: To chose among the preparation of a cartographic output, a multimedia work or written document about one of the topics of the course
Assessment criteria: - Active participation in lectures and in the moodle platform- Knowledge of the main issues of the debate on agroecology, transition in agroecology, food sovereignty- Ability to formulate proposals for the construction of public policies and projects on agroecology, transition in agroecology, management of the territory- Ability to use sustainability indicators in agriculture- Ability to draw up cartography of agroecosystems. ecological infrastructures and ecosystem services
Course unit contents: Agroecology origins, developments and trends through some fundamental contributions- Analysis of agroecosystems: space, time, flows, decisions (Conway, 1987)- New paradigm of research and development for world agriculture (Altieri, 1989)- Resource management science for poor farmers in marginal environments (Altieri, 2002)- Ecology of the food system (Francis et Al., 2003)- Multiscalarities and interdisciplinarity (Dalgaard et al., 2003)- Science, movement, practice (Wezel et Al, 2009)- Transdisciplinary, participatory, action-oriented approach (Mendez et Al, 2016)The national context: agroecology, social agriculture, organic farming, bio-districts, innovative practices and regulatory frameworkThe international actors of agroecology and the role of FAOGeographies of agroecosystems in the world- Local knowledge and contributions of ethnology and cultural anthropology- Social and institutional aspects: forms of ownership and use of resources- Organizational aspects of plant and animal production (itinerant systems, fallow systems, irrigation systems, industrialized systems)- Types of plant and animal production (herbaceous, woody crops, animal species bred) Cases:- Agroecosystems of integration and substitution in tropical forests : hunting and harvesting, itinerant cultivation, agrarian colonization, deforestation processes- Urban agroecosystems and proximity farming- Land grabbing, farm size and food sovereigntyThe farming system research between agroecology and analysis of decision models Precision agriculture in agroecology and in organic agricultureAgroecosystems, ecology of the landscape, ecological networks and indicators - Indicators at the landscape level - Indicators at the company level Agroecology and soil ecologyLaboratory - Agroecology scales: field, agroecological area, the food system - Participatory research and participatory GIS - Use of story maps and visual narration of experiences of agroecology - Agroecological zoning - Mapping of agroecomosaics and mapping of landscape ecology indicators - Mapping and ecosystem services
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: A participatory methodology will be used including seminars organized by the students, analysis of case studies, role play, interviews with actors in the sector, visits to experiences of agroecology, use of GIS and remote sensing for agroecological mapping and ecosystem services. During the first lesson the teacher will deliver the list of texts that will be discussed during the course. The participants will be responsible for coordinating some seminars.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Other materials will be recommended during the course based on students' language skills. A Moodle educational platform will be activated to accompany the educational activities. Students are recommended to register immediately at the beginning of the course on the Moodle platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Benedetti A., Calabrese J., Campiglia E., Caporali F., Di Felice V., Lazzerini G., Mancinelli R., .., Indicatori di biodiversità per la sostenibilità in agricoltura. Linee guida, strumenti e metodi per la valutazione della qualità degli. Roma: Istituto Superiore per la protezione e la ricerca, 2008.
  • FAO, Agroecology for food Security and nutrition Proceedings of the FAO International Symposium 18-19 September 2014,. Rome: --, 2014.
  • Sabourin E., Patrouilleau M.M., Le Coq J.F., Vásquez L., Niederle P. (, Políticas Públicas a favor de la agroecología en América Latina. Porto Alegre: RPP-FAO, 2017.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Peer feedback
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Students peer review
  • Farm Visit, GIS and Remote sensing

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)
  • QGIS

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
No Poverty Zero Hunger Good Health and Well-Being Quality Education Gender Equality Clean Water and Sanitation Affordable and Clean Energy Decent Work and Economic Growth Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Reduced Inequalities Sustainable Cities and Communities Climate Action Life Below Water Life on Land Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions Partnerships for the Goals