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ELLS Summer Course 2018

Enrol in Lincoln University’s ELLS 2018 Agri-Environmental course.

Take part in exploring the future of high country rangeland farming systems - 20 - 31 August 2018 (20 credits or 10 ECTS). Available for New Zealand students as Semester Two 2018 Special Topic LASC 616 Agri-Environmental Landscape Management.

Course information


Alternative high country sheep farming futures for Mount Grand will be investigated. Mount Grand is a 1600 ha sheep station located in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful and culturally important landscapes, the High Country in Central Otago. Students will investigate and reconcile the major scientific, agronomic and cultural challenges in establishing and implementing effective management regimes that fully integrate agronomic practices with environmental protection, biodiversity and landscape values.

Learning outcomes:

After successfully completing this course students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge: Multi-disciplinary dimensions of agri-environmental systems and their sustainable management at farm and landscape levels
  • Skills: Critical evaluation of current policy frameworks, organizational relationships and practical measures aimed at sustainable agri-environmental management of agricultural landscapes. Investigation of innovative pathways to enhance sustainable agri-environmental performance at a farm and landscape scale
  • Values: Recognition of the multiple values of agri-environmental systems as they are expressed in contemporary landscape management practices

Teaching-resource link:

  • Wendy McWilliam is the Examiner and Senior Lecturer in landscape architecture specialising in green infrastructure in agricultural landscapes
  • Alison Bailey is professor of farm management specialising in farm systems
  • Nick Dickinson is professor of ecology specialising in biological conservation
  • Simon Swaffield professor of landscape architecture specialising in landscape governance

Course structure:

The course includes the following components:
  1. Background reading and case study preparation
  2. Presentations and discussion of case study preparation
  3. Field tour
  4. Lectures and seminars
  5. Case study workshops
  6. Presentations of group projects and course conclusion

Readings and other resources:

A range of material will be available on the course Moodle website.  It is expected that students will be guided by the reading list on the website but will read and explore much more widely drawing upon previous studies and material.

How to apply?

Fill out the application form and send it back to Shona Mardle - shona.mardle@lincoln.ac.nz along with the following supporting documents:

  • Photocopy of passport
  • Academic transcript
  • Curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages, A4) – ensure this clearly states the stage of your education, eg 1st year of PhD, final year master's, half-way through PhD etc.
  • A letter of motivation (max. 1 page) describing your motivation and goals for taking part in the summer school and outlining your background experience and knowledge of agri-environmental landscape management.

Applications close on Monday 30 April 2018

There are limited places available, with some travel scholarships available.

If you have any enquiries please contact:

Shona Mardle
Email: shona.mardle@lincoln.ac.nz

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