Modules for course DDAB | MSC/AGRO
This is a provisional list of modules to be offered on this course in the 2019–20 academic year.
The list may not be complete, and the final course content may be different.
- DDL-4004: Agroforestry Systems & Prac. (20) Agroforestry practices worldwide and their role within the farming and forest systems. Introduction to systems analysis. Principles of agroecology. Ecological interactions and biophysics of multi-component systems: Soil and microclimate effects; land equivalent area, multiple outputs. Case studies illustrating a wide range of ecological interactions. Social and economic interactions with specific reference to agroforestry. Land use and sustainable livelihoods. Income diversity/stability/resilience/risk mitigation. Ecosystems services (external benefits) specifically relating to agroforestry. Case studies illustrating social and economic aspects of agroforestry.
- DXX-4527: Research Planning & Comm (20) Overall, this module seeks to develop students’ understanding of the role of science and the scientific process in formulating and addressing context relevant questions, and communicating scientific output to different audiences. During the course of the module, students will devise, conduct and write up a policy-relevant scientific study.
- DXX-4505: Natural Resource Management (20) Ecosystem services and the Millenium Ecosystem Assessment; Systems concepts and the sustainable livelihoods framework; Participatory modelling of natural resource management issues; Using systems models to explore natural resource management issues; Using visualisation systems to explore natural resource management issues; Incorporating local knowledge in natural resource management; Systematic approaches to local knowledge.
- DXX-4527: Research Planning & Comm Overall, this module seeks to develop students’ understanding of the role of science and the scientific process in formulating and addressing context relevant questions, and communicating scientific output to different audiences. During the course of the module, students will devise, conduct and write up a policy-relevant scientific study.
- DXX-4999: MSc Dissertation (60) Core Execution and written presentation of a suitable scientific project which is devised by the student and an individual academic supervisor and validated by the convenor and/or Programme Director in the prerequisite DXX-4040. A suitable project entails a worthwhile scientific question, of direct relevance to the degree programme being undertaken, and established against the context of framework of current knowledge and concepts, that allows the formulation and testing of one or more hypotheses. This would be expected to involve up to 5 months full-time work, typically including: 2-3 months for data collection from the field, laboratory or computer; 1-2 months for data analysis; and 1-2 months for writing-up, including correction of the first draft after the comments of the supervisor are received.
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- DDL-4201: Social Issues in Forest Mgt. (20) (Semester 2) Changing paradigms and new challenges in forest management; social and cultural values attached to trees in landscapes; multiple stakeholder groups, diverse perspectives/objectives and conflict surrounding forest use and development; Inclusive approaches to forest management: theory and practice of participation and public consultation; decentralisation and emergence of community based forest management: models, practice and impacts; changing forest tenure regimes. Forests and human health and wellbeing; symbolic, cultural, spiritual and recreational values attached to forests and trees; traditional forest knowledge and management systems in cultural landscapes. Forests and trees in livelihoods provisioning and broader processes of economic development; understanding forest transitions; changing markets for forest products and services. Emerging forest governance regimes; opportunities and challenges of multi-actor, multi-level arrangements including certification, legality verification, payments for ecosystem services (PES) and reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD).
- DXX-4501: ERASMUS MUNDUS SUMMER MODULE (15) (Semester 2) A two-week field course to an environmentally diverse area. This will alternate between tropical environments in collaboration with consortia partners (e.g. Costa Rica (hosted by CATIE), French Guiana (hosted by ENGREF)). Students will be taken to a variety of sites which demonstrate a range of natural and managed vegetation, and a range of conservation and sustainability issues. Some of these will involve meeting and discussion with local experts. In the second week, students will work in small teams on a project evolved in discussion with the teaching staff.
- DXX-4515: Contemporary Forestry (10) (Semester 1) This module is comprised of 2 introductory sub-modules (3 e-lessons each), 7 core content sub-modules (3-6 e-lessons each), plus one (optional) supplementary sub-module. 1. Introduction (un-assessed) - Starting up 2. Introduction (un-assessed) - Are you climate friendly? 3. The climate issues: IPCC forecasts; community-based resilience; strategies to react. 4. Best practices: Project activities; Additionality; Permanence; Leakage; Co-benefits. 5. Policy-Institutional initiatives: UNFCC; CDM JI; Post-Kyoto; REDD+. 6. Policy-Voluntary initiatives What and why; Who is who; Fields of activities; Prices & trends; Carbon washing. 7. Carbon standards: Why and what; Types of standards; Who does what; Registries; Case studies. 8. Project building-1: Actiors’ map; Project phases; Validation and certification; Fundraising; monitoring; Discounting and credit marketing. 9. Project building-2: Testing Additionality; Baseline calculations; Estimating permanence; Estimating leakage. 10. Supplementary (un-assessed) - Ready to be a CO2 hero?: Synergies with forest management standards; benefit sharing mechanisms; local and indigenous community participation.
- DXX-4519: Location Specific Knowledge (15) (Semester 2) The course is a preparatory course for the Joint Summer Module (DXX4501). The course includes training in locating and assessing location specific literature; conducting critical online discussions as part of project preparation; preparing and analysing empirically based project proposals; selecting appropriate data collection instruments; finalising a fieldwork project proposal. The location of the course will vary from year to year.
- DXX-4532: Forestry Field Course (20) (Semester 2)
- DDL-4545: Tropical Forestry Study Tour (20) (Semester 2)