737325 Agriculture and land use

Seminar and field trip
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Krausmann, Fridolin , Gaube, Veronika
Offered in
Sommersemester 2023
Languages of instruction


The seminar in combination with an excursion offers an introduction to social and economic causes of land use change in Austria on different scales (from Austria to the individual farm level). In the seminar part, the basics of spatial patterns and temporal development of land use in Austria are introduced in preparation for the excursion. The students prepare inputs on economic, social, political and biogeographical framework conditions of land use and agriculture. During a full-day excursion to the Traisen/Pielachtal region in Lower Austria we will visit farms with different types of production (grassland, arable land and wine/fruit growing). In direct discussions with farmers and in the follow-up of the excursion we will work out which factors influence land use decisions of the farmers and how this is reflected in the observed land use patterns.

Previous knowledge expected


Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After the successful completion of the course
•the students have gained an overview of patterns and trends in land use in Austria.
•the students have developed a basic understanding of how political, social, economic and biogeographic factors affect land use decisions on farms
•know current problems of land use change and agriculture in connection with sustainable development in Austria.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.