933333 Local knowledge and ethnobiology in organic farming - introduction

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Schunko, Christoph , Vogl, Christian R.
Offered in
Wintersemester 2020/21
Languages of instruction


Organic farming was mainly developed by experiments and innovations of farmers and still today major developments in organic farming are advanced by organic farmers themselves. Such advances frequently stem from locally based knowledge, practice, attitudes and beliefs, which is altogether called local knowledge.
This lecture introduces the concept of local knowledge, its characteristics, potential, value and its relevance for the sustainable management of natural resources, especially in organic farming. Practical examples will be presented from several ethnobiological subdisciplines such as ethnobotany, ethnomedicine, ethnopedology and ethnoclimatology.

Previous knowledge expected

English language skills on Master level.
This lecture is the prerequisite for the course Local knowledge and ethnobiology in organic farming – methods seminar (933.334), which focuses on the tools and methods that are needed to study local knowledge of organic farmers.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

By completing this course, you will:
- be familiar with the concepts of local knowledge and ethnosciences;
- recognize the value and practical potential of local knowledge and ethnosciences, especially for organic farming;
- be able to discuss and apply a simple framework for investigating local knowledge.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.