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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP3050235, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AG0065, 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 ANIMALS, ECONOMY AND SOCIETY
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 GIOVANNI BITTANTE AGR/17

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/17 General Techniques for Zoology and Genetic Improvement 8.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7  Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 BITTANTE GIOVANNI (Presidente)
PENASA MAURO (Supplente)
6 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 BITTANTE GIOVANNI (Presidente)
PENASA MAURO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: To have a good knowledge of animal's farming and animal's foods obtained during the previous 3 years bachelor course.
Target skills and knowledge: The student will learn: the ecological, historical and cultural basis of animal husbandry and agriculture, the role of animal production in the agro-food systems, the different types of animal breeding from a product-chain point of view, the structure of breeders organizations and the more peculiar recent achievements of science and technology. Furthermore the student will learn more on pertinent literature research and on the methodology for the writing of the thesis. A case study will approach the relationships among environment, agriculture, animal production, typical products, local eno-gastronomic culture, turism and development in a specific territory.
Examination methods: The exam will be oral.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation of the student will be based especially on his/her ability to discuss critically the topics studied during the lectures and to analyze a complex problem related to an animal production or product and to propose sustainable solutions.
Course unit contents: The program during the semester is based on:
1st credit: some seminars and lectures on the ecological and cultural bases of animal productions;
2nd credit: some seminars and lectures on the hystorical and economical trend of food production and consumption with special emphasis to food of animal origin;
3rd credit: evolution and prospects of European policy on agriculture and animal production and world prospects;
4th credit: exercises on scientific literature review on some themes of the course and evaluation of the value of the sources of information;
5th and 6th credits: analysis of the critical points relating animal science and consumer health;
7th, and 8th credit: Case study on relationships between animal production, environment, culture, traditions, astronomy and turism in a given territory.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Seminars and lectures by the professor and by experts on items regarding the technological development; some technical visits to innovative farms and industries.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Articles, presentations and e-books will be given through the Moodle platform of the School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Learning journal

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
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