933317 Organic farming in the public debate

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Hartmann, Hendrik , Freyer, Bernhard
Offered in
Sommersemester 2021
Languages of instruction


Day 1 (2.3.):
General introduction; Intro into the field of upcoming terms defining: production methods, place of processing, purchasing, eating habits and other characteristics of agrofood systems; discussion in small groups (DSG); Plenary (P)
Homework until 4.5.: Students select a certain term and become responsible for that via analyzing and describing through literature (2 persons). Format: 3 pages and PPT (prepared while Easter break).
Day 2: (9.3):
Introduction into focus group and group discussion; DSG
Homework until 16.3.: Preparation of your personal agrofood system (production method of your food consumption, place of purchasing, eating habit). Format: 1 page
Day 3 (16.3.):
Students present their personal agrofood system; DSG
Homework until 11.5./18.5.: Preparing Focus group / group discussion guide in teams
Day 4 (4.5.):
Students present their terms (homework from 2.3.); DSG on experiences; findings from the group work will be presented in the P
Day 5 (11.5.):
Focus group and group discussion based on prepared terms (see 4.5.)
Day 6 (18.5.):
Focus group and group discussion based on prepared terms (see 4.5.)
Day 7 (8.6.):
Comparing FG /GD; DSG; P
Day 8 (15.6.):
Feedback and final discussion; DSG; P

Previous knowledge expected

Basic knowledge in organic agriculture and qualitative interview methods are an advantage

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Students, who fulfil the requirements for passing this course will:

1) gain an advanced / profound knowledge of focus group methods in comparison with group discussion method as well as theory on innovations.
2) gain an advanced / profound knowledge of the discourse on Organic Food systems
3) be able to identify and critically reflect upon and interpret discourses in their day to day life
4) increase their confidence about presenting and discussing their own ideas and viewpoints
5) know about the diverse agrofood systems specifications
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.