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Free Online Course on Agriculture, Economics and Nature

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The University of Western Australia is offering a free online course on the economics of agriculture, natural resources and the environment. This course is about agricultural production and the interaction between agriculture and the environment.

You can use this course to improve your skills and knowledge, and to assess whether this is a subject that you'd like to study further. The course will start on September 5, 2016 .

Course At A Glance

Subject: Agriculture, Economics and Nature
Institution: University of Western Australia and Coursera
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course Starts on September 5, 2016

Providers' Details

The University of Western Australia (UWA) was established in 1911 and continues to set the standard for other West Australian universities. Staff, students and graduates from the University have been recognised at state, national and international levels, and UWA continues to confirm its standing as one of Australia's leading research-intensive universities. UWA's leaders and researchers work in partnership with three domestic and international networks, the Group of Eight, Matariki and the Worldwide Universities Network.

About This Course

Sound economic thinking is crucial for farmers because they depend on good economic decision making to survive. Governments depend on economic information to make good policy decisions on behalf of the community. This course will help you to contribute to better decision making by farmers, or by agencies servicing agriculture, and it will help you to understand why farmers respond to policies and economic opportunities in the ways they do.

This course is about agricultural production and the interaction between agriculture and the environment. The material presented can help us understand changes that have occurred in agriculture, and support improved decision making about things like agricultural production methods, agricultural input levels, resource conservation, and the balance between agricultural production and its environmental impacts.

Why Take This Course?

You can use this course to improve your skills and knowledge, and to assess whether this is a subject that you'd like to study further. The course includes high-quality video lectures, interviews with experts, demonstrations of how to build economic models in spreadsheets, practice quizzes, and a range of recommended readings and optional readings. Assessment is by a final exam.

Learning Outcomes

The key economic principles that we'll learn about can help us understand changes that have occurred in agriculture, and support improved decision making about things like agricultural production methods, agricultural input levels, resource conservation, and the balance between agricultural production and its environmental impacts.

Instructors

Professor David Pannell, BSc(Agric), BEc, PhD, Head of School of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Jacob Hawkins, BA(Biol), MESM, School of Agricultural and Resource Economics

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Create a Coursera account to SignUp
  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.

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