Agricultural and rural policies

lbira2105  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Agricultural and rural policies
3 crédits
30.0 h
Q1
Langue
d'enseignement
Anglais
Préalables
Micro-economics (e.g., LBIR1242 Principes d'économie)
Thèmes abordés
The main topics of this course cover the socio-economic analysis of decisions made in terms of agricultural, food and trade policy, and rural development as well as their micro- and macro-economic effects. An emphasis is given to the study of the socio-economic and environmental implications of the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union and its evolution towards a better targeted policy. This policy is compared to policies in place in other developed countries.
Acquis
d'apprentissage

A la fin de cette unité d’enseignement, l’étudiant est capable de :

1 With respect to the learning outcomes of the Bio-engineering in agricultural sciences, this course contributes to the following main learning outcomes: 1.1, 1.4, 2.1, 6.4 and 7.1, and to other following learning outcomes: 2.2, 3.1, 3.7, 4.1, 6.1 and 6.2.
By the end of this course, students are able to specify, explain and illustrate:
·       the rationales and implications of supporting the agricultural and food sectors in developed countries,
·       the institutional and political facts related to the evolution of agricultural policies, in particular the Common Agricultural Policy,
·       the theoretical foundations and methodological frameworks for performing policy analysis.
Students are able to :
·       describe, quantify, and discuss the many socio-economic effects of the instruments of agricultural, food and rural policies, in particular the Common Agricultural Policy, using methods from the neo-classical economic and institutional theories.
·       formulate a critical view on the most common instruments of agricultural, food and rural policies.
·       develop and synthesise an analysis of the socio-economic effects of one particular policy instrument in one particular situation of their choice.
Students have acquired the skills to examine the socio-economic effects of the instruments of agricultural, food and rural food policies, in particular the Common Agricultural Policy, using methods from the neo-classical economic and institutional theories and applying them for identifying the micro- and macro-economic effects.
 
Contenu
After a short introduction on the nature and the process of decision making for economic policy, this course examines the contribution of economics in formulating economic policy, in particular in the agricultural and food sector. The course identifies the keys problems of the agricultural and food sector through its industrial evolution and the current constraints of this sector in Europe. The governmental interventions progressively aimed at the agricultural and food sector and rural areas are then examined and compared among countries with a market economy. The objectives, the instruments and the effects of the Common Agricultural Policy and its successive reforms are emphasized. The food policy of the European Union is analysed within the framework of the Single Market. In parallel to these agricultural, food and rural policies, the effects of the trade policies of countries with a market economy on the international trade are analysed. This analysis introduces the preferential trade agreements of the European Union and the international negotiations of the World Trade Organisation. The course ends with the evolution of the agricultural, food and rural policies at the beginning of this millennium.
Méthodes d'enseignement
Teaching in class using slide shows and overheads.
A term paper of ten pages maximum per group of two students.
Modes d'évaluation
des acquis des étudiants
Written exam on the teaching material and lectures (70% of the final grade)
Term paper (30% of the final grade)
Autres infos
Course taught in English with most material in English and some in French.
Ressources
en ligne
Moodle
Bibliographie
Slide shows and scientific papers available on Moodle
Recommended textbook:
Hill Berkeley.  Understanding the Common Agricultural Policy. Earthscam from Routledge, 2012.
Other publications for complementing this material and supporting the term paper.
Support de cours
  • Slide shows and a selection of scientific papers available on Moodle
Faculté ou entité
en charge


Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Intitulé du programme
Sigle
Crédits
Prérequis
Acquis
d'apprentissage
Master [120] : bioingénieur en sciences agronomiques

Master [120] : bioingénieur en sciences et technologies de l'environnement

Master [120] en sciences agronomiques et industries du vivant