Agrarian Systems Analysis

TPSS 670

Faculty:

Noa Lincoln

Semesters taught:

Fall 2016

Goals:

-       To be familiar with the range of research methodologies that can be applied to agrarian systems;

-       To recognize the multiple value-systems associated with agrarian systems and the complex nature of balancing those values;

-       To be able to qualitatively and quantitatively assess agrarian systems across multiple bottom lines;

-       To develop writing and oral communication of ideas; and

-       To be able to apply the concept of system thinking to complex problems, ask critical questions, and recognize the importance of cultural epistemology in thinking about solutions.

Skills and knowledge to be acquired:

Interdisciplinary understanding of multifunctional agriculture, and assessment and interpretation of farming systems.

Description:

Comparative analysis of philosophy and process of interdisciplinary and participatory approaches to sustainable development and rural resource management including ecosystem services (ES), agroecosystem analysis (AEA), participatory action research (PAR), and rapid rural appraisal (RRA).

Pre-requisites:

Consent

Course organization:

Week 1                        Introduction to course, students and instructors. Syllabus overview. Systems thinking, agrarian systems, Hawaii as a model system

 

Week 2                        Experimentation (Experiments, quasi-experiments, natural experiments), quantitative assessments of agrarian systems, environmental impacts and measurements

 

Week 3                        Primary and Secondary Data (Meta Analysis, correlations and statistics, spatial analysis), agricultural data sources

           

Week 4                        Qualitative Methods (Case studies, comparative case studies, ethnography and interviews, surveys), qualitative assessments of agrarian systems, social impact and justice

 

Week 5                        Mixed methods and interdisciplinary research, citizen science, participatory research, and service, multiple value tools

           

Week 6                        Farm-level assessment tools (Rapid Rural Appraisal, Agroecosystem Analysis, Participatory Learning Approach), Farms in Hawai‘i

           

Week 7                        World Food Economy, International agricultural development, Agricultural policy

           

Week 8                        Mid-term examination

           

Week 9                        Student Led Discussions

           

Week 10                      Student Led Discussions

           

Week 11                      Student Led Discussions

           

Week 12                      Student Led Discussions

           

Week 13                      Interviews and Interviewing Skills

           

Week 14                      Assessment Design

           

Week 15                      Assessment Design

           

Week 16                      Assessment Review and Discussion

           

Week 17                      Assessments Due

Grading:

Course Section

Percentage Grade

Participation

20%

Mid-Term

20%

Oral Assign.

20%

Writing Assign.

20%

Discussion Lead

20%

 

Other:

Repeatable