SS1844: Social Farming in Practice

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 15, Max 20.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 2 x 6hr(s) Fieldwork (field day sessions); 2 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 2 x 3hr(s) Tutorials; 80hr(s) Other (self-directed learning)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: This module will introduce students to social farming skills across different farm settings.
Module Content: Students will engage with social farming through practical observation. Several visits to different social farm settings will be undertaken where various approaches to the practice support needs will be examined. There will be a general introduction to the different types of social farming both in an Irish context and European context. The principles of social farming will be discussed and students will learn about the relevant national and European policy context and analyse how these impact on the operation and development of Social Farming. Students will explore how evidence-based learning, best practice and policy recommendations can contribute to the promotion and development of social farming in Ireland.
Teaching links to Sustainable Development Goals 3, 4, 5, 10 and 16.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Define social farming.
  • Discuss the different types of social farming.
  • Examine the principles of social farming.
  • Assess the various social farming settings based on social farm visits.
  • Analyse social farming policy at both a national and European level.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,500 word Practice Report, 75 marks; 1 x 500 word Reflective Learning Statement, 25 marks.).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: The mark for Continuous Assessment is carried forward (repeat assessment will apply only in the event of failure to achieve the 40% module pass standard overall and will be as prescribed by the module coordinator).

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