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Academic year 2014-2015Value date : 12/05/2015
AGRO0001-1  Compared agriculture

Duration :  34h Th, 2h FT
Number of credits :  
Bachelor in Landscape design (ULg-Gembloux), 3rd year2
Bachelor in bioengineering, 3rd year3
Année préparatoire au master en architecture du paysage2
One-year preliminary programme leading to the Master in Bioengineering3
Advanced Master in Plant and Animal Resource Management in tropical environment3
Lecturer :  Bernard Bodson, Guy Mergeai
Coordinator :  Bernard Bodson
Language(s) of instruction :  
French language
Organisation and examination :  
Teaching in the first semester, review in January
Course contents :  
1. Introduction : diversity of agricultural forms thorough the world ;
2. Human presence and needs of agricultural products;
3. "System" concept and its application in agriculture;
4. Natural and socio-economical factors determining agricultural activities;
5. Production factors involved in agriculture; 6. Vegetal productions; 7. Animal productions; 8. Genesis of farming systems; 9. Farming systems in tropical regions; 10. Diversity of farming systems in Europe; 11. Farming systems in North American Great Plains
Learning outcomes of the course :  
Approach of the diversity of main farming systems around the world, as a result of ecological and historic features and socio-economical, political and technological evolution. Assessment of farming systems, based on productivity, stability, autonomy and sustainability. After completing the course, the student is expected to: - Understand how agriculture works in the different part of the world; - Analyze a farming system, depending on main factors which can determine or influence it; - Give a critical interpretation on agricultural systems functioning mode.
Prerequisites and co-requisites/ Recommended optional programme components :  
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :  
Introduction with a movie followed by a discussion: 2h
Visit on the Experimental Farm to get in touch with cropping practices: 2h
Lectures "ex cathedra" given by one of the two professors according to their expertise, depending on the thema: 30h
The lectures presenting the main farming systems of the tropical regions are illustrated by films made by the "Insititut de recherche pour le Développement" (IRD).
Open discussion at the end of the cursus with the two professors: 2h
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :  
Recommended or required readings :  
Copy of PPT Diaporamas.
Elzebroeck Ton, Wind Koop (2008). Guide to cultivated plants. CABI, xi, 540 p.
Assessment methods and criteria :  
Written examination in january (100%)
Work placement(s) :  
Organizational remarks :  
Contacts :  
Bodson, Bernard (Professeur - Gestionnaire) Phytotechnie des Régions tempérées 081 62 21 40


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