833311 Farmland ecology

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Wintersemester 2019/20
Languages of instruction


The course will combine lectures to relevant topics held by teachers and accompanying presentations and discussions of assigned readings lead by students to deeper understand agroecosystems in a broader context. The assigned papers revolve around various concepts that are important in farmland ecology and include both ecological and methodological approaches. Students will present assigned papers in order to improve their understanding of scientific approaches and their communication skills. Through the subsequent group discussions, scientific reasoning is practiced and contexts between different topics are established. Specific topics introduced by teachers include, but are not limited to:
●Organisms and landscapes
●Biodiversity, invasive species, and ecosystem services
●Global change
●Citizen Science
Additionally, the course will give the students a broader view of what ecological research in agroecosystems can be and what kind of topics are currently discussed in academia and/or the public.

Previous knowledge expected


Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

1.Improve communication abilities, including critical thinking and discussion skills.
2. Improve understanding of scientific papers.
3.Overview of current topics and approaches in farmland ecology research.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.