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The course is designed to foster and support research in the practical and social dimensions of agroecology (permaculture, biodynamics, urban agriculture etc.) The course content is therefore not specifically teaching technique, theory, application or imp
Location:
Multi-Country Programs, Multi-Country Programs
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Graduate
Term:
Rolling Starts, Year Round

Program Overview

Program Description:
This course invites research and social innovation in the furthering of a culture that supports good food and food that supports healthy culture. Whether you are an urban gardener with a few plants in pots or a farmer with a sizeable acreage, a chef or a shopper this course could be for you. Whether you deal with finance or policy, preparation or preserving you could contribute to a global food revolution by undertaking research as transformative practice. Studying with us means joining a growing, international community of individuals committed to developing transformative research in a diverse range of holistic approaches to agroecology.

The course is designed to foster and support research in the practical and social dimensions of agroecology (permaculture, biodynamics, urban agriculture etc.) The course content is therefore not specifically teaching technique, theory, application or implementation in any of these approaches. Rather the course assumes some background in one or several approaches to agroecology or that students will gain the necessary knowledge and experience alongside the content for this research course. The Researching Holistic Approaches to Agroecology course is delivered in the format of modules. Content for each module is made available to students on the Crossfields VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). A student undertaking the full Master’s degree will complete the following modules: agroecology-modules •Holistic Science •Research methods •Research design •Sustainable Practice 1 •Sustainable Practice 2 •Communicating Holistic Approaches •Dissertation

Researching Holistic Approaches to Agroecology is a course with flexible pathways designed to suit each individual learner. Once accepted you embark on a course of study with the option to complete a postgraduate certificate, a postgraduate diploma or to progress on to complete a full Master’s Degree. The entire course is delivered over three years. Students complete one or more assignments for each module, and a final dissertation is completed in year three.
Setting Description:
Distance Learning is a well-established approach to postgraduate study with many benefits for the student/researcher. In this particular area of Holistic Approaches to Agroecology we are keen to make this study available to individuals who will benefit from placing their studies in the context of new or existing initiatives that are in touch with very local conditions, communities and questions. The ‘localisation’ benefits of this approach supports research that is specific and contextualized. Distance (and potential isolation) from colleagues and peers that this approach gives rise to is balanced by the option of meeting together in learning intensives which will be offered twice yearly. Due to the flexible nature of the course these intensives will be held in a variety of locations, in and outside of Europe. Regular contact with faculty and colleagues is also supported through online webinars, learning groups and peer support. This approach to learning is a participatory one, where
Cost:
The course fee of £3,000 per year includes all tuition including attendance at the intensive blocks (there will be 1 one week intensive available each year for all course participants to join. See ‘Intensives’.). For individuals who choose to undertake the full Masters programme the overall cost is therefore £9000 (payable in instalments) with an expectation that the course will be completed in three years. The intensive blocks are not compulsory so the programme can be taken entirely by distanc

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