AGRO-INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Objectives of the course:
The aim of the course is to develop students skills and abilities in order to use the knowledge acquired in the field of sustainable development within firms, organisations and institutions of the agri-food sector. In particular, the course aims to transmit the following knowledge and skills.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding: student must demonstrate to understand the problems relating to the themes of sustainable development and also to know the importance of each dimension of sustainability for the agri-food sector.
Applying knowledge and understanding: student must demonstrate the ability to apply the acquired knowledge to practical cases. To this end, the teacher will follow students in applying theoretical knowledge to specific case studies, which will be identified during the course for student trainees, or within the teacher office hours even for not attending lessons students.
Making judgements: the student should be able to use the acquired knowledge also in an autonomous way, by also applying them to specific case studies.
Communication: the student must be able to present clearly a work that concerns the analysis of case studies that have been identified with the teacher, using an appropriate language to the topic, both in the written paper that oral presentation of the work.
Lifelong learning skills: the student must demonstrate a good ability to learn and deepen his/her knowledge on relevant references for the sector under investigation. This capacity is required also in order to carry out the specific insights that have been agreed with the teacher.
Basic knowledge of microeconomics.
Module I (24 hours):
The first module of the course aims to develop the following knowledge on the main components of agri-food system and on the theoretical framing of sustainable development:
• Analysis of the offer (6 hours);
• The evolution of consumer patterns (6 hours);
• Factors affecting the various components of the agri-food system (6 hours).
• Sustainable development (3 hours);
• The dimensions of sustainability (3 hours).
Module II (24 hours):
The second module of the course aims to develop the following knowledge and skills with reference to all dimensions of sustainable development and the agri-food sector:
• Economic sustainability and agri-food system (2 hours);
• Social sustainability and agri-food system (2 hours);
• Environmental sustainability and agri-food system (2 hours).
• The territorial dimension of development between competitiveness and sustainability (2 hours);
• Sustainable territorial competitiveness and agri-food system (2 hours);
• Food quality and sustainability of territorial development (2 hours);
• Certification and quality control tools (2 hours);
• Analysis of case studies (14 hours).
The first module of the course aims to develop the following knowledge on the main components of agri-food system and on the theoretical framing of sustainable development. The second module of the course aims to develop the following knowledge and skills with reference to all dimensions of sustainable development and the agri-food sector.
The course is delivered through face-to-face lectures during which are analyzed all the program topics. At the end of module III there is the case studies analysis of companies selected in relation to their national and international importance. These case studies are illustrated by the teacher and then they are analysed by student within specific seminars.
-Lecture notes by the professor. The course material is distributed in the classroom by the teacher or in teacher office hours even for not attending the lessons students. In addition, it is available through the e-learning platform Moodle.
-L. Malassis, G. Ghersi, Introduzione all’economia agroalimentare, Il Mulino (pag. 99 -110, 115-118).
The assessment is based on two tests in order to ascertain the degree of achievement of the objectives that have been previously discussed. The tests will be held on the same day. Specifically, an oral test is aimed at assessing the level of knowledge, learning and understanding of the basic topics of the program deepened during the course. The presentation of a project outline will also assess the ability to apply the knowledge acquired; the autonomy of judgment and communication skills. In each test can be assigned a maximum score of 15 points. The final mark will be the sum of the score in each test. The laude can be assigned if the student shows a particular ability: to deepen the topics of the program; and/or in autonomy of judgment; and/or in communication skills.