Farm and Food Systems

Course content

The course has focus on land based production systems, their environmental effects and the context they are embedded in. An important part is methods and tools to work analytically and professionally with these systems on field, farm and system level.

This course is mandatory on the MSc Agriculture program, specialisation Production and Environment.

The course is centered around a close collaboration with a danish partner company in agriculture. During the course the students spend time doing field work in the company, engaging in real-life cases. The work process is facilitated and structured, from identification of areas of improvement through interactions with the partner, through problem analysis, solution creation and prioritizing to delivering a partner document with proposals for action to the partner. The teaching and learning environment is characterized by being experiental (learning by doing) and interactive (involving stakeholders) and the specific knowledge and skills are determined by the concrete cases worked with.

Course contents include:
- farm economy, and environmental regulation in a danish and european context 
- methods for sustainability assessment
- field investigation of concrete topics and problems
- qualitative methods as a tool in working with external partners
- tools to facilitate successful problem-based group work



MSc Programme in Agriculture

Learning outcome

After completing the course the student should:

- show overview of important conditions (biophysical, legal, economic and institutional) forming the context for farm and food systems 

- demonstrate ability to select and apply appropriate methods to describe, analyse and develop viable solutions to, problems within agriculture, food and environment

- show capacity to work systematically and professionally to create value within agriculture, food and environment  
- demonstrate awareness of own and other's professional capacities
- communicate ideas and giving constructive feedback efficiently to peers and stakeholders




The course is structured with 2 weeks of preparation, 2 weeks where field work is placed and 4 weeks of processing and project work. Preparation includes teacher and student lead lectures and practicals on theory, methods and tools to be used in field work. Supervised groups prepare a synopsis before the field trip, conduct fieldwork, prepare and submit a course report. During the project process groups present their work and receive feedback on their proposals for viable solutions both from peers and from external professionals.

See Absalon for literature and other resources

The course requires knowledge of agriculture and environment corresponding to a BSc in one of these fields. If needed please seek teacher advice

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
Type of assessment details
Description of Examination: Individual oral examination (20 min, no preparation time) based on project report, individual learning document and course curriculum.
Exam registration requirements

Active participation in the off-campus field work and in project work. Submission of individual learning document.

All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship

As the ordinary exam.

If exam registration requirements are not met an additional deliverable will be set by the course coordinator and must be submittet two weeks before the reexamination. 


Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcome

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 22
  • Class Instruction
  • 54
  • Preparation
  • 70
  • Theory exercises
  • 40
  • Excursions
  • 70
  • Project work
  • 140
  • Guidance
  • 10
  • Exam
  • 6
  • English
  • 412


Course number
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 4
The course includes periods with full-time classes as well as periods of off-campus field work. Details of field work will be given prior to course start.
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
Study Board of Natural Resources, Environment and Animal Science
Contracting department
  • Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
  • Department of Food and Resource Economics
  • Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Dorte Bodin Dresbøll   (4-696769774575716a7333707a336970)

Dorte Bodin Dresbøll
Frederik van der Bom
Søren Marcus Pedersen
Brian Jacobsen
Erling Andersen
Christian Gamborg

Saved on the 28-02-2023

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