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Medical Spanish & Health Sciences
Fall 2021 Semester San Jose

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ENV 4030 Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems

ENV 4030 Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Course Overview

OVERVIEW

CEA Partner Institution: Veritas University
Location: San José, Costa Rica
Primary Subject Area: Env. Sciences
Other Subject Area: Ecology
Instruction in: English
Course Details: Level 400
Recommended Semester Credits: 4
Contact Hours: 60
Prerequisites: It is recommended, but not mandatory, that students complete a basic biology course prior to entering this course.

DESCRIPTION

This course examines different systems of agriculture and food production from an ecological perspective, taking into account the systemic model and integrated agroecological management, to offer answers that promote sustainability at all stages of food production.

After studying the fundamentals and most important ecological processes, diverse applications of these concepts to agricultural systems will be analyzed, within the framework of the imitation of natural systems, including ancestral and novel topics and methods and technologies in development process applicable to the course. The elements of consumption and production that affect current food production systems, the production and management of energy from alternative sources applicable in agroecology will also be analyzed and students will explore their own role in the large food production system.

Field trips will provide opportunities for direct observation and interaction in different system designs and their particular operation in Costa Rica many times applicable to international realities. Field trips also expose different approaches to food production and distribution, as well as alternative energy production in Costa Rica, and direct participation in those systems.

This course usually interacts with other CIPSS courses such as Tropical Botany and Sustainable development, among others, in order to exchange knowledge and experiences, including some joined Field Trips, lectures, and experts visits within a Systems and Integrated approaches. The topics covered are deep both theoretically and regarding experience background (students and professors usually have a lot to share about their personal experiences with agriculture and food systems) so the course demands extra class reading, reflexion, and preparation for professor's lectures, outside activities, and students assignments.

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