Full Title:Agricultural Policy and Professional Practice
Module Code:AGRI S8014
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:The aims of this module are to allow the student to review and appraise the impact of agricultural policy at global, EU and national levels and to give the student a good comprehension of the global and national issues and challenges of sustainable agriculture. It will also enable the student to develop an appreciation of the role of the agriculturalist in the development of sustainable agriculture
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Review and appraise the formation and impact of agricultural policy at global, EU and national levels.
  2. Appraise the concept of Sustainable Developement and its relevance for agriculture.
  3. Appreciate and evaluate the global and national issues and challenges of sustainable agriculture.
  4. Investigate and advise on the relevant grants and schemes relating to sustainable farming and food production.
  5. Evaluate the role of agricultural advisors and service providers in the development of sustainable farming and food production

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Agricultural Policy
Evolultion and impact of global policies on agricultural production and food distribution. UN 'Right to Food';EU policies and reforms. CAP and Single Farm Payments post 2013. Possible impacts of future WTO agreements; National policies; Harvest 2020; importance of lobbying in policy formation.
Critical analysis of EU policies and grant schemes relating to farming and food production.
Application of the Single Farm Payment (SFP) in Ireland and across EU. Milk Quota and impact of elimination post 2015. Effects of policy instruments and schemes on the major farm enterprises in Ireland and the EU post 2013. National and International Food Quality Assurance schemes.
Sustainable Agricultural Development
Definition of Sustainable Development; pillars of Sustainability; challenges of Sustainable Development; carrying capacity of planet Earth - population, consumption, food production and distribution, technology, resources, growth and energy. Subsistance farming, large scale production, impact of technological development (e.g. GMO's). Social and environmental impacts; impact of scale on resources (water, energy, soil, land, minerals. Sustainability of existing models of farming in Ireland post CAP reform in 2013
Evaluation of Environmental Protection schemes
Farm Waste Management Scheme. Biodiversity undertakings. Impact and effects of REPS and AEOS in Ireland and other member states. The Water Framework Directive. Nitrates directive. Organic Farming Scheme. Forestry: government targets, incentives and policies, government targets.
Professional Development
Appraisal of the role of agricultural graduates in sustainable agricultural development. The nature of agricultural extension work in Ireland and globally. Role of agricultural graduates in the provision of services to the agricultural industry in Ireland. Sustainability of existing models of farming in Ireland post CAP reform 2013. Emerging opportunities for agricultural graduates.
Learning and Teaching Methods
Lectures, tutorials, agency or industrial visits, guest lectures.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Other Student debates and discussions focussing on course work and topical issues 1,2,4,5 20.00 0 0 Every Second Week 0
Group Project Current topic related to Global Sustainability in Agiriculture 3,4 40.00 0 0 Week 8 0
Essay e.g. Critical evaluation of the impact of a specific agricultural policy on practice. The student will be required to submit a 3000 +/- 500 word essay on a topic of their choice 1,2,5 40.00 0 0 Sem 1 End 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Relating to course content 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial Relating to course content 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Directed Reading Relating to course content 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Study Relating to course contenet 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Meadows D.H. 2004, Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update, Chelsea Green
  • Oskam, A., Meester G. and Silvis H 2010, EU Policy for Agriculture, Food and Rural Areas, 1st Ed., Wageningen Pers
  • Jack, B 2009, Agriculture and EU Environmental Law, 1st Ed., Ashgate
  • Shiva, V. 2005, Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace, South End Press
  • Shiva, V. 2008, Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis, South End Press
  • Food Safety Authority of Ireland 2008, Compendium of Food Law in Ireland, Food Safety Authority of Ireland
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_SAGRI_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agriculture 7 Mandatory
DK_SSUAG _8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sustainable Agriculture 1 Mandatory