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ERIC Number: ED362642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 7
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Developments in the Curriculum for the Swedish MSc Programme in Agriculture.
Malmfors, Birgitta; Nilsson, Kjell-Arne
In Sweden, higher education in agriculture is provided exclusively by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. The 130 students admitted to the Master of Science program in agriculture annually may choose to specialize in one of six specialty areas (plant science, animal science, food science, biotechnology, economics, and engineering), combine specialty areas, or pursue a curriculum with a distinct ecological profile. From the early 1960s until 1992, the master's program in agriculture took 5 years and included a preparatory year of practical farm work and agricultural theory. In autumn 1992, the program was changed to a 4.5-year program of course and thesis work. The new core curriculum includes an overview of agriculture, agricultural history, its ecological and global aspects, the history and theory of science and research, scientific methodology, instruction in study and research techniques. The revised program is designed to train students to handle present and future problems within agriculture and related areas. Sweden does not currently have a bachelor of science-level program in agriculture. Most courses in the curriculum are currently based on a mixture of traditional teaching and student-activating teaching methods. A shift toward problem-oriented teaching is likely, however. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Sweden