When I started on the agroecology program almost a year ago, I had a lot of expectations. The whole class did. So what should you expect if you happen to enroll – and get accepted into the agroecology program at SLU?
The best answer to this is probably: don’t expect anything; do your own research and look into what courses are included in the program (see under course schedule) – what these courses promise to teach you – and draw your own conclusions. But if that isn’t enough, perhaps my blog could be of some use? Before leaving for summer’s break I decided to summarize what the first year of the program was like. You can find these summaries here and here.
But a part from all this, what else should you expect?
Well, on a more general level, here are a few points:
- By joining the agroecology master’s at SLU, you’ll be studying and contributing to the development of a relatively young program trying to make a stand against conventional agricultural thinking. Very few students outside of the program know what agroecology is, so expect that you’ll have to enlighten a lot of people!
- You’ll meet people from all over the world (we’re talking Japan, Taiwan, the US, Germany, Zimbabwe, the Maldives… and of course, Sweden, among many others)
- You’ll learn to see agricultural issues from many different viewpoints (socio-economic/ecological perspectives, and the viewpoints of people from all over the world)
- You’ll be looking for a golden bullet that will forever change the food system for the better (hint: it doesn’t exist, we need changes on all levels and areas within the food system)
- You might fall in love with Alnarp, and want to stay there (lots of people do!)
I could go on, but I can’t tell you the whole story. You’ll just have to apply and come see for yourself!
But as I’ve written many times, you’re always welcome to send me your questions. I might not answer right away, but I always do.