933329 Agroecology, cultural ecology and ethnoecology - the interdisciplinary discourse in natural resource management

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Schunko, Christoph
Division of Organic Farming (IFÖL)
Offered in
Sommersemester 2018
Languages of instruction


Organic Farming is a system built on the interaction of people and nature. This lecture investigates the interaction between people and nature based on selected topics.

The general topics for writing a literature review in the summer term 2015 may include:
• Commercialization of wild plants in organic farming – practice and opportunities.
• Urban gathering of wild and cultivated plant species – practice and opportunities.
• Independent management of natural resources by villages or associations (community-based management of natural resources) in Europe
• Participatory research in ethnobiology / on traditional ecological knowledge – practice and opportunities.
• Preserving Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) for improved organic farming.
• TEK in organic farming in the 21st century – critical assessment of its actual and potential benefits.
• Social innovations in organic farming
• Traditional and innovative agroforestry systems in Europe

You may propose also your own topic.

Previous knowledge expected

Scientific reading and writing skills on bachelors’ level.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Upon completion of this course, the students will have improved their skills relating to
•Framing research questions that can guide a literature review;
•Searching scientific literature in online databases;
•Reading and analysing scientific literature in a targeted way;
•Critically assessing literature;
•Writing logical and concise scientific texts;
•Knowing about nature-culture interactions;
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.