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Subject : Management of Agro-Ecological Knowledge and Social Change (MSc)

Course Duration: 2 years
Course Period : September 2006 - July 2008
Tuition Fee : € 13,820 (composite fee) + € 1,815 (research fee)
Location: Wageningen, Netherlands

This programme aims to meet the demand of the modern world for engineers who are also skilled professionals, understand the social and technological aspects of innovation processes and can apply that knowledge in a variety of context worldwide. The course is designed to train a new generation of scientifically equipped professionals. The challenge is to integrate students previously acquired technical competence with new cognitive skills at an advanced conceptual level in the social sciences in order to make innovations work.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate his/her previously acquired technical or societal competencies with social science perspectives, theory and cognitive skills as a scientist with aim towards creating synergentic processes of socio-technical change in variety of complex contexts and agro-ecological settings, particularly in developing countries.
  • Define, structure, formulate, conduct and reflect on social-empirical research in a cross disciplinary context focusing on sustainable agro-ecological resource management.
  • Design, implement, facilitate and evaluate social-technical change programmes for sustainable agro-ecological resource management, based on a thorough understanding of the situation and application of related theoretical insights.
  • Recognize and asses a conflict or potential conflict concerning resources and facilitate a multi-stakeholder platform for conflict resolution with an aim towards preventing escalation and identifying new suistainable perspectives and opportunities for the social actors involved.
  • Asses and evaluate institutional, inter-institutional and organisational change processes and convert these into strategies for cpacity building in its broadest sense.
  • Convert research findings and/or outcomes of the social-technical change and innovation processes into conducive and supportive policy interventions or strategies for policy development.
  • Students can major in fields such as:

    • Communication and Innovation Studies - focusing on communication, facilitation and design
    • Technology and Agrarian Development - focusing on technography and institution
    • Rural Development Sociology - focusin on livelihood strategies and local knowledge issue

    Admission Requirements:
    in technical sciences, management, or business studies, preferably related to agriculture, rural development, natural resource management, the food industry, or similar fields.
    TOEFL Score of 575 or IELTS 6.5