952323 Women in rural gardening and agriculture

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Strutzmann, Iris
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


This course concentrates on Feminst agrarian research, women working fields and the implications of agriculture policy on daily working and living conditions of women farmers.
Based on Austrian and international examples we will discuss the role of women in agriculture by using Agro-sociology and Feminst Theories.

Since the last decades the agrarian structures have been highly changed. These challenges can be measured by more mechanisation, specialisation, internationalisation and "Feminisation of agriculture". This often means more responsible for the continuation of the small scale agriculture farms in Austria.

In close cooperation with the womengroup of the farmers organisation "ÖBV-via campesina Austria" we will analyse and discuss the following central questions:
*How have the agricultural changes of the past decades modified the living and working conditions of peasant women?
*Which strategies do women?
*Which strategies do women out to fence these challenges?


Previous knowledge expected


Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

The main objective of the course is to make the work of peasant women in agriculture visible and to incorporate it into the academic agricultural discourse. Center of interest is a discussion of women´s perspectives in agriculture.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.