PSS 311: Introduction to Agroecology provides an in-depth overview of research and applications in the field of agroecology, with a focus on conceptual and analytical content.
Module 1: Agroecological Foundations
- Understand the origins and evolution of agroecology, and why it is now perceived as a science, movement and practice.
- Compare agroecological perspectives, also known as agroecologies and identify key examples.
- Identify the challenges and opportunities of applying agroecology as a transdisciplinary, participatory and action-oriented approach.
Module 2: Principles-based Approaches in Agroecology
- Understand the history of the application of principles in agroecology.
- Gain knowledge of the different agroecological principles frameworks that are currently being used globally.
- Learn from a case study ‘in progress’, which is applying a principles-based approach to agroecology.
Module 3: Co-creation of Knowledge in Agroecology
- Understand the concept of co-creation of knowledge in agroecology.
- Learn about international examples of knowledge co-creation in agroecology.
- Co-learn with guest lecturers working on international knowledge co-creation in agroecology.
Module 4: Context matters – from theory to practice
- Connect previous theoretical conversations with relevance to decision-making in our own lives and local food systems.
- Explore agroecology in practice on three Vermont farms.
- Engage in active peer to peer learning with classmates and farmers.
- Consider the viability of agroecology for food systems transformation in the Vermont context and in your context.