UE Code : IL3-MADHA-MADHA Academic year : 2016-2017

Information on the course unit

Program / Education :

Bachelor and Master of Science in Engineering / Bachelor and Master of Science in Engineering

Level :

Third year of Bachelor of Science in Engineering

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Total Hours :

21.00 (Hours of teaching + individual study)


Objectives :

The Objectives of this module are a continuation of those in the unit “the farming environment” of first Semester IL3: Understand farming operations in their contexts. This context of this module is mostly historical and geographical.
A mix of issues and farming systems on the various continents will be covered. Students will be introduced to multi-disciplinary methods (history, sociology, geography, economics, engineering/science and technology) used in comparative agriculture. The focus will be on the historical approach used to understand the reasoning behind establishing large farming systems.
The detailed Objectives are as follows:
- To understand the large contemporary farming systems in different regions of the world (crop and livestock system related to organizational types of agricultural production);
- To know how to interpret differences between these systems (using an analysis framework drawing on physical and human geography);
- To take into account agricultural diversity and local development issues in professional backgrounds;
- To use a historical perspective (recent history) and projection into the future, understanding what a historical viewpoint can provide
- To learn about the main historical agrarian/farming systems and consider the main factors in the evolution of these systems (i.e. the approaches of Mazoyer and Jared Diamond)

Contents :

7 Lectures (CM) + 4 Seminars (TD) + 3 Accompanied Work (TA)

2 introductory Lectures (CM) to understand the concepts of the agrarian system and dynamic of agrarian systems through examples of historical evolution of main agrarian (farming) systems in the world. Work by Mazoyer and Jared Diamond will be brought together for this introduction.
4 Lectures (CM) will introduce the agricultural issues and contexts of 4 main world regions: Europe, West Africa, Southeast Asia, South America, The Maghreb (region of NW Africa).
o Seminars (TD) will use analysis examples of agrarian systems carried out on small territories/regions located in 4 main world regions: The Sahel (region), The Maghreb, Southeast Asia, South America
2 Accompanied Work projects (TA) development of a historical approach based on an example of French agriculture between 1950 and 1990. These 3 Accompanied Work projects will be made up of watching a film followed by a Workshop/debate.

Prerequisites :

Basic knowledge of agronomy and zootechology.

Teaching methods :

Refer to items below.

Assessment :

Work done as a group on agrarian/farming systems of small French territories/regions. The guidelines for this work done as a group will be given during a session of Accompanied Work TA for the entire degree class. Individual evaluation will consist of Multiple Choice (MCQ) type exam

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3rd year of Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Here are the modules of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering. On the second semester, besides all the compulsory common courses, students will choose between 2 minors : "Types of Agriculture and Territories" or "Business and Transformation".