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AGRI 692-Section 002 International Agricultural Systems Spring 2010 Instructor: Tiffany Weir 306 Shepardson 491-4266 email@example.com Course description: A discussion of both traditional and modern agricultural systems in developing countries that incorporate not only the agricultural adaptations of these systems, but examine the influence of cultural norms, land and water rights, and political systems. This course will also address emerging issues in world agriculture such as millennium goals, indigenous intellectual property, and sustainability. Prerequisites: This is a discussion oriented class open to graduate students. A basic background in either agriculture or a related area such as Horticulture, Biology, or Botany is assumed. Course objectives: 1. Students will be able to discuss and compare agricultural systems and special adaptations that are practiced in the developing countries discussed. 2. Students will learn what is required for phytosanitary certification and be aware of trade-related issues pertaining to agricultural commodities. 3. Students will be involved in active discussions about internationally important agricultural topics such as gender issues, and land and water rights. 4. Students will learn about a variety of career opportunities in international agriculture (ie. CGIAR centers, APHIS, FAO, non-profits, etc) Tentative Schedule of Lecture Topics Jan 19 Course Introduction, Syllabus, Expectations 26 Terra Preta-Prehistoric “Dark earth” of the Amazon Feb 2 Subsistence Farming in the Peruvian Andes (w/Jose Zenozain) 9 Chinampas and Waru waru-Floating gardens and islands of plenty 16 Acequias and Three Sisters farming 23 Rice cultivation in the Phillipines (Adam Heuberger) Mar 2 Community gardens/sack gardens in Africa (Valerie Stull) 9 Group Project Assignments and Discussion 16 Spring Break (no class) 23 Greenhouses and Irrigation in Afghanistan (Stephen Davies) 30 The Lost Crops: New Life for Old Staples April 6 Phytosanitary requirements and trade regulations (USDA,APHIS) 13 The Potato Park: Preserving A Way of Life (W/Carolyn Davidson) 20 Agro-tourism’s economic impact on rural communities 27 Careers in International Agriculture/Group presentations May 4 Group presentations Final’s week Final Exam Recommended reading: There is no required text for this course however, weekly reading material based on topic will be assigned and made available. Tentative Grading Policy: Final Exam 40% Group presentation 40% Attendance and Class Participation 20% Percentage Grade 90-100 A 80-89 B 70-79 C 60-69 D <60 F Attendance policy I anticipate that this class will be highly interactive with live demonstrations and group participation. Therefore attendance is important. More than 2 unexcused absences will affect the participation portion of your grade. Academic Dishonesty Academic dishonesty includes cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of work and will not be tolerated in this class. Definition of actions falling under academic dishonesty and the policies for handling such incidents are outlined in the Colorado State University General Catalog.
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