Lecture: Agricultural Innovations: Selected economic and sociological perspectives on sustainable innovations - Details
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Course name Lecture: Agricultural Innovations: Selected economic and sociological perspectives on sustainable innovations
Subtitle Agricultural Innovations
Course number AGE.06288.03
Semester WiSe 2023/24
Current number of participants 15
Home institute Leibniz-Institut für Agrarentwicklung in Transformationsökonomien
Courses type Lecture in category Offizielle Lehrveranstaltungen
First date Friday, 13.10.2023 10:15 - 11:45, Room: (IAMO, Conference Room 1, Theodor-Lieser-Str. 2, Halle (Saale))
Type/Form Vorlesung in der Kategorie Offizielle Lehrveranstaltungen
Participants The course is for master students interested in social, political, economic and environmental dimensions of agricultural innovations.
Pre-requisites Participants are expected to be able to read and understand English language texts, follow English teaching and be active during the lectures and seminars.
Learning organisation - Innovations and development:
(i) Induced innovations and agricultural development
(i) Innovation diffusion and determinants of adoption
(iii) Barriers to innovation adoption,
(iv) Technology lock-ins and treadmill

- System innovations and sustainability transitions:
(i) Complex problems in agriculture and the need for sustainable innovations
(ii) Sustainability transitions and the Multi-Level Perspective
(iii) Agricultural) Innovation Systems

- Political economic considerations and governance of innovations:
(i) The role of narratives, discourses, images and hypes in innovation
(ii) Roles and functions of different actors in innovation processes
(iii) Innovation policy instruments

- Current topics on sustainable innovations from the Global North and South.
Selected theoretical, empirical, and policy-oriented studies will be emphasized to explain how the agricultural innovations systems are organized.
Performance record For the final grade the students will be requested to prepare two assignments with application of two learned concepts to explain an adoption of innovations. For this, in the course of first lectures, the students will be split into groups of two (pairs) to work on a common topic. The first assignment is to prepare a written report about a selected innovation that demonstrates an application of at least two theoretical framework/concepts discussed in the lectures. The students are expected to develop the reports and present its content for discussion with teachers and fellow students over two seminars during the second half of the semester. The final report is presented/defended during the last teaching week of the semester. Along with the final presentation the students are expected to submit the final report prepared according to provided guidelines.
The report itself counts for 60% of the final grade. The presentations and final defense of the report comprises 40% of the final grade.
Studiengänge (für) The course is open to Master students in Agrarwissenschaften, Empirische Ökonomik und Politikberatung, International Areas Studies, Management Natürlicher Ressourcen, as well as based on mutual agreement for other students interested in the topics of agricultural innovations.

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Miscellanea =Students are able to understand and critically reflect on theories and modes of thinking pertaining to sustainable innovations and innovation processes from systemic and economic perspectives.
=Students are able to properly apply theories from sustainable innovations and innovation processes to understand real world agricultural innovation processes
=Students are able to evaluate innovation processes in a structured manner to identify innovation failures and other problems relating to adoption and diffusion.
=Students are able to develop independently ideas and concepts for addressing scientific and professional problems related to agricultural innovation
=Students are able to identify and reflect on their own potential roles in innovation processes for sustainable development.
ECTS points 5

Rooms and times

(IAMO, Conference Room 1, Theodor-Lieser-Str. 2, Halle (Saale))
Friday: 10:15 - 11:45, weekly (9x)
Friday: 12:15 - 13:45, weekly (9x)

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Module assignments


The aim of the course is to equip students with skills (a) to distinguish, critique and apply theories and modes of thinking pertaining to sustainable innovations and innovation processes from systemic and economic perspectives, and (b) to analyze innovation processes and propose solutions to remedy innovation failures and address sustainability. The core aspect of the course is to increase students’ capacity in analyzing the interactions between innovations and society. The lectures will highlight and discuss the issues related to the topic by combining the systems approach, microeconomics and institutional economics. The first half of the course includes lectures, and the second part is dedicated to students’ independent work and group seminars.