XII. Course Descriptions

Organic Agriculture

OAGR*2070 Introduction to Organic Agriculture W (3-3) [1.00]
Students will be exposed to the scale of the organic industry today, including the factors driving interest in organics for both producers and consumers. The foundational principles underlying contemporary organic agriculture will be presented and first hand experience of current organic practices will be provided. In addition, this course will rely on small group mentoring to stimulate independent, learner-centered analysis of selected topics in organic agriculture. Department of Plant Agriculture and School of Environmental Sciences.
Prerequisite(s): 5.00 credits
Restriction(s): OAGR*2050, OAGR*3030
OAGR*2300 Organic Marketing F,W (3-0) [0.50]
In this course economic theory of markets principles are applied to the marketing of organically-produced and processed products through exploring open market price formation, value added, marketing margins, alternative marketing outlets and branding. Adherence to organic production and marketing standards, quality management, supply chain management, and advertising and promotion issues are also addressed. (Offered in Distance Education format only.)
Prerequisite(s): ECON*1050 or MCS*1000
Equate(s): AGEC*2300
Restriction(s): Not available for credits to students in BCOMM.
OAGR*4050 Design of Organic Production Systems F (6-0) [1.00]
Students will apply organic agriculture principles to the design and concept of agricultural operations, taking into account the interactions of soils, plants and animals with environmental and managerial factors. Department of Plant Agriculture. (First offering - Fall 2013)
Prerequisite(s): OAGR*2070
Restriction(s): OAGR*3130, OAGR*4160
OAGR*4180 Social Issues in Organic Agriculture W (2-2) [0.50]
This interdisciplinary course will examine the major social issues in organic agriculture from both a global and local perspective, with an emphasis on synthesis and integration. Issues will include globalization, sustainability, gender, food, social movements, the organic agri-food system, rural communities, and the role of the family farm.
Prerequisite(s): 1 of EDRD*3400, (OAGR*3030, OAGR*3130), SOC*2080
Equate(s): EDRD*4180, REXT*4180
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1