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

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Vogel, Nora , Schunko, Christoph
Offered in
Sommersemester 2021
Languages of instruction


Scientific investigation builds on the state-of-the-art in a field of research and starts with reading, analysing and synthesizing scientific literature. Understanding the latest scientific insights is the precondition for going beyond the state-of-the-art and thus good research.
This course addresses this very first task of any scientific investigation and is designed for students who aim to strengthen their skills in writing literature reviews. Among other benefits, this course offers the opportunity to gain crucial skills for writing a master thesis and is an excellent preparation for that endeavour.
The topics to review in this course are to be selected from agroecology and ethnoecology and investigate the diverse interactions between people and nature. Students define topics themselves and students working on a master thesis or dissertation may work on topics, which are linked to their theses.

Previous knowledge expected

This course is designed for students who are well into their Master studies and wish to start to prepare for their Master thesis (or doctorate). Prior basic knowledge in searching, reading and analysing scientific literature is expected. Exceptionally, master students who are early in their Master studies and have very little prior knowledge with handling scientific literature can also participate – they have to be aware though that the time investment can easily exceed the estimated 75 working hours (=3 ECTS) then.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Upon completion of this course, the students will have improved their skills relating to
• Critically analysing scientific literature about agroecology, cultural ecology and ethnoecology
• Writing logical and concise scientific texts
• Examining and explaining specific interactions between humans and nature
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.