120303 Summer/winter school 2: intercultural training for the Danube region and regional aspects in agriculture and food production


Type
Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
2
Lecturer (assistant)
Peterbauer, Clemens Karl
Organisation
Center for International Relations (CIR)
Offered in
Sommersemester 2018
Languages of instruction
Englisch, Deutsch

Content

The Summer School "Intercultural Training with special emphasis on sustainability in agriculture, food production and food technology in the Danube region" will provide an overview of social and cultural context of food and agriculture. The main focus is on intercultural learning, multicultural learning, but also basic studies of EU union. Selected courses will e.g. include Sustainability of agriculture in the Danube region, organic farming and organic food, food microbiology. In addition, educational priorities in the area of agriculture and the environment in the Danube region will be discussed and each partner university will present its teaching and research activities. Last but not least, topic-related excursions (e.g. workshops on traditional food) in the Banat region will complete the program.
The courses will culminate in a final group project where students will work together in applying the ideas and practices from the school to real world challenges and develop feasible solutions. The goal is to expand students' realm of consideration to think outside of their own cultural biases.
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Previous knowledge expected

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Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Understanding the intercultural and regional aspects of sustainable agriculture is crucial in finding viable pathways to long-term success in Central and Eastern European agriculture. This summer school will give the students the possibility to improve their knowledge and grow their skill-set regarding the intercultural and social aspects, anthropic landscape and natural resources - related to sustainability in agriculture and the food industry in the Danube region.
The main focus of the course will be on self-development in a multicultural European region through interactive exercises and discussion. At the end of this course, students should be able to identify some of their own culturally-biased assumptions and behavior, and begin to objectively address the benefits of EU multiculturalism for regional agriculture and food industry.
The courses will combine theoretical aspects and field trips in order to broaden horizons and provide life changing experiences in the context of global changes, ecosystem degradation, biodiversity conservation and the technological and economic ability to adapt. The Banat region -- inherently intercultural and diverse -- will serve as the basis for the exploration of intercultural topics and their implications on agriculture and the food industry in the Danube region.
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You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.