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Plant & Soil Science: SL:Introduction to Agroecology

PSS 311 Z1 (CRN: 61570)

3 Credit Hours

About PSS 311 Z1

In-depth overview of research and applications in the field of agroecology, with a focus on providing the student with conceptual and analytical content. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or Instructor permission.


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Dates: May 20 - June 14, 2019; May 20 - June 7, 2019, Online; June 10 - June 14, 2019, on campus MTWRF from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Open to graduate students only; This course is required for students enrolled in the Certificate of Graduate Study in Agroecology (CGSA); Instructor Permission Required; Course fee: $275; If summer housing is needed please go to the following link for information:

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This hybrid, 4-week course presents an in-depth overview of research and applications in the field of agroecology, with a focus on principles-based approaches. The course seeks to provide students with both conceptual and practical content, covering the evolution of the field of agroecology, from its origins to the present, as it gains increasing recognition in scientific, policy, social movement and farming spaces. Students will engage in some of the debates agroecologists are now facing, as they grapple with maintaining the core characteristics of the field as it is increasingly applied by a wide diversity of actors. A special emphasis is placed in discussing the different expressions of agroecology as a science, a social movement and a practice. This embodies thinking of agroecology as transdisciplinary, integrating different knowledge systems in a search for solutions to the current challenges of our agrifood systems. In addition, we will explore the use of participatory action research (PAR) and principles, as an essential approach to agroecological research and practice. We will cover international and domestic geographic perspectives, and examine more in-depth, agroecology and PAR with 3-4 local Vermont farms that are currently collaborating with the ALC.




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