933316 Organic farming and regional development

Project course
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Vogl, Christian R. , Arhar, Eva
Offered in
Sommersemester 2019
Languages of instruction


Today, regional development is not an isolated process any more, where actors in one region may not know about similar developments in another region, or where getting information on success stories of a certain distant region in one continent would not available in remote regions of another continent. Internet and social media allow for a quick exchange of experiences, for learning about success stories all around the world, without being there.

History: In summer term 2018, in this project, we did an analysis of the role of social media in communicating organic farming as best practice. We studied how communication on organic farming through social media is done, by whom, how and if topics are linked to support regional development processes through/towards organic farming.

In 2019 students will design an own evidence based social media campaign for twitter, Facebook and YouTube that addresses the effects of organic farming on regional development, taking into account the experiences/results from the project in 2018.

Previous knowledge expected

It is advisable that you bring basic knowledge about organic agriculture and enthusiasm for the topic!

Commitment we expect of the students:
* High interest in the subject of the course
* Regular attendance
* Active participation, engagement & willingness to work in a team
* Capability to self-organization within the group with methods of project management

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Students are able defining regional development or organic farming and discuss the link between these two concepts.

Students can present examples, where organic farming has an impact on regional development and vice versa.

Students are able to successfully implement and finish a risky, complex short term project of strategic importance.

Students are able to design an evidence based social media campaign on organic farming and regional development that is online.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.