Course: Multifunctional Agriculture

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Course title Multifunctional Agriculture
Course code KAES/QMZ
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study 2
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Perná Kristýna, Mgr. Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
Thematic units: Functions of agriculture in the landscape, production and non-production functions, environment as a means of production, regional and alternative food production, use of renewable and non-renewable resources of raw materials and energy, environmental functions - absorption of negative externalities of production, aesthetic, historical, cultural, educational, recreational, hygienic - therapeutic, securitization, social. Seminar topics: Rural entrepreneurship - Diversification of production focus Support of small and start-up entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurship, rural heritage, EU rural development programs (ROP, ESF, RDP), human resources in rural areas, employment, access to lifelong learning , community life in the countryside, cooperation inside and outside the community, associations, rural tradition

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Activating (simulations, games, drama), Excursion, Work with multi-media resources (texts, internet, IT technologies), Group work
  • Semestral paper - 6 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 12 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 12 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 30 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Learning outcomes of the course unit The objective is to acquaint students with the requirements of the society for sustainable rural development, forms of adaptation of agriculture to environmental conditions, supporting the development of rural regions, especially in areas with significant share of agriculture and low population density through the development of alternative economic activities and creation of additional resources for maintaining employment and economical exploitation resources.
After completing the course, the student is able to decide on the forms of diversification of agricultural and other activities in the rural landscape in accordance with its environmental, economic and social limits, using the comparative advantages of the region.
General knowledge of science subjects at high school and newly at ZFJU, botany, agriculture.

Assessment methods and criteria
Essay, Combined exam, Test

Credit Requirements: Participation in consultations, elaboration and presentation of seminar work individually or in pairs Examination Requirements: Written test (80% of successful completion), analysis of incomplete or incomplete answers, oral exam
Recommended literature
  • BERNARD, Josef. Nic se tady neděje.: životní podmínky na periferním venkově.. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství (SLON) v koedici se Sociologickým ústavem AV ČR, v.v.i.,, 2018.
  • CAMPANHOLA, Clayton a Shivaji PANDEY. Sustainable food and agriculture: an integrated approach.. London: Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier, 2019. ISBN 978-0-12-812134-4.
  • HELMING, Katharina a Hubert WIGGERING. Sustainable development of multifunctional landscapes.. Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag,, 2003. ISBN 3-540-00008-9.
  • WILSON, G. A. Multifunctional agriculture: a transition theory perspective.. Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK, 2007.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agricultural Ecology (2017) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agricultural Ecology (2017) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer