933334 Local knowledge and ethnobiology in organic farming - methods seminar

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Schunko, Christoph , Vogel, Nora
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 seminar concentrates on the tools, methodologies and methods necessary for studying local knowledge. The seminar is designed along the steps of the research process - from framing the research questions, designing sampling strategies, data collection tools to data analysis – and focuses on getting practical research experiences.
The methods discussed in this course may include Cultural Domain Analysis (Freelisting, Rating, Ranking), Focus Groups, Participant observation, Social Network Analysis, Q-methodology, Quantitative ethnobiological methods, Social experiments and others.
We will use selected topics of organic farming and ethnobiology as examples for methods implementation.

Previous knowledge expected

Prior attendance of the course “Local Knowledge and Ethnobiology in Organic Farming - Introduction” (Course number 933.333) and English language skills on Master level are required. Basic knowledge about research design in social sciences is advantageous.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Upon completion of this course the students will be able to:
•design research methodologies for investigating local knowledge;
•analyse and critically reflect upon methods selection and implementation.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.