Specialisations at BOKU

If you choose BOKU as your HOST for your second year (the host university for the 3rd and the 4th semester), you are rather free to specialise in the topic you are interested in, but you only have to pursue the structure of courses as following:

(For details, please have a look at this slides or the BOKU EUR-Organic Curriculum - page 36ff)

However, we made it easier for you in pre-selecting some course-pools for you, which might be your specialisation (for details - scroll down):

 

- Soil Fertility, Water Management and Ecology

- Organic Agricultural Production

Local Knowledge and Ethnobiology

- Systems Scenarios, Sociology and Ethics

- Organic Agriculture in Subtopical and Tropical Environments

 

 

Course Archive SSP 1 and SSP 2 at BOKU:

 

 

One compulsory course

WINTER AND/OR SUMMER SEMESTER

CourseECTS
Master seminar2

 

Elective courses

For students who choose BOKU as their host university, a total amount of 16 elective ECTS credits from the list of elective courses within the SPP (respectively W5-courses in the BOKU EUR-Organic Curriculum) must be completed.

Note: Courses from different specialisations can be combined.

Soil Fertility, Water Management and Ecology


WINTER SEMESTER

CodeCourseECTS
Rhizosphere Processes and Application to Agriculture and Soil Protection3
Soil Physics and Chemistry 3
Lecture Series in Soil, Water and Atmosphere3
Soil Water Management 3
Soil Conservation and Soil Protection3


SUMMER SEMESTER

CodeCourseECTS
Soil Fertility and Soil Ecology in Organic Agriculture3

Total ECTS credits (winter and summer term): 18

 

Organic Agricultural Production


WINTER SEMESTER

CodeCourseECTS
Crop Production Systems in Organic Agriculture3
Procedures of plant production in organic agriculture I
1
Animal Production in Organic Agriculture4
Protection of Natural Resources by Organic Farming3
Organic Fruit Production and Organic Viticulture3
Organic Horticulture (Vegetables and Ornamentals)3
Ecological Plant Protection3
Technology in Organic Agriculture3
Laboratory diagnosis of plant damages3
Global change and pest management3
Phytomedicine in pomology3


SUMMER SEMESTER

CodeCourseECTS
Procedures of plant production in organic agriculture II1
Conversion to Organic Farming - Interdisciplinary Project 4
Case studies in Organic Grassland Management 2

Research Project in Viticulture Fruit Science

4

Interdisciplinary excursion on organic agriculture

2

Methods of measuring stress resistance in plants

3

Agricultural engineering in plant production – seminar

4

Post-harvest technology

3

Production systems and atmospheric pollution

3
European regulatory framework for organic production3

Total ECTS credits (winter and summer term): 61

Local Knowledge and Ethnobiology


WINTER SEMESTER

CodeCourseECTS
Local Knowledge and Ethnobiology in Organic Farming - Introduction3


SUMMER SEMESTER

CodeCourseECTS
Local Knowledge and Ethnobiology in Organic Farming - Methods Seminar3
Agroecology, Cultural Ecology and Ethnoecology - The interdisciplinary debate on natural resource management and Organic Farming3
Biocultural Diversity in Rural Landscapes3
Ethnobotany - Introduction2
Ethnobotany - Research and Application3

Total ECTS credits (winter and summer semester): 17

Systems, Scenarios, Sociology and Ethics


WINTER SEMESTER

CodeCourseECTS
Ethics in Organic Agriculture3
Foresights - what future to expect? (Late lessons from early warnings)2
Decision Support Systems3
System analysis and scenario technique – Methods and practices5


SUMMER SEMESTER

CodeCourseECTS
Organic farming and regional development 6
Global Networking6
Organizational Behaviour and Gender Issues3
Principles of Empirical Research Methods in the Social Sciences3
Organic farming in the public debate3

Total ECTS credits (winter and summer semester): 34

Organic Agriculture in Subtropical and Tropical Environments


WINTER SEMESTER

CodeCourseECTS
Global Case Studies on Organic Agriculture1,5


SUMMER SEMESTER

CodeCourseECTS
The Global Organic Control and Certification System3
Mechanization of Agriculture in Developing Countries4
Participatory Methods in Development Research3
Development Processes of Organic Agriculture in Tropical and Subtropical Regions3
Project: Organic Farming in Tropical and Subtropical Regions6
Soil Management in Tropical and subtropical Developing Regions3
Animal Husbandry in Tropical and Subtropical Regions3

Total ECTS credits (winter and summer terms): 26,5

 

Free electives

For students who choose BOKU as their host university, at least 12 ECTS credits of free elective courses must be completed. The ELLS joint summer school can be chosen as a free elective course.

Note: Free electives may be selected from all courses offered by all recognized universities in Austria and abroad. Free electives are intended to impart knowledge and skills in the student’s own academic subject as well as in fields of general interest.

Please also - as it is the most recent source of information - refer to the current BOKU EUR-Organic Curriculum for more detailed information about the Specialisations.