Course syllabus RRZPO - Agricultural Policy and Trade (FRDIS - SS 2014/2015)

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Course code: RRZPO
Course title in language of instruction: Zemědělská politika a obchod
Course title in Czech: Agricultural Policy and Trade
Course title in English: Agricultural Policy and Trade
Mode of completion and number of credits: Exam (5 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes: full-time, 3/0 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction: Czech
Level of course: bachelor
Semester: SS 2014/2015
Name of lecturer: prof. Ing. Věra Bečvářová, CSc. (lecturer, supervisor)
Ing. Barbora Daňková, Ph.D. (examiner, lecturer)
Ing. Ivo Zdráhal, Ph.D. (examiner, lecturer)
Prerequisites: (Microeconomics or Microeconomics in English) and (Macroeconomics or Macroeconomics in English)
Aims of the course:
The goal is to gain knowledge in the field of agricultural economics and policy. Get an overview of basic economic characteristics of agriculture as industry in general, its role in regional development, shaping agricultural markets and their functioning in the basic models and structure of agribusiness. Identify critical factors shaping economic policy in agriculture and agrarian sector and its specific application within the CAP of the EU. To obtain the ability to apply knowledge of agricultural economy and politics in the context and dynamics of the agrarian markets, the ability to link the issues of the regional development and the agrarian policy. During the preparation and the presentation of commodity studies, students will be guided by the use of relevant data and other information sources and to the application of adequate methods and techniques for analysis and their presentation.
Course contents:
1.Selected issues of agricultural economics and agribusiness (allowance 8/4)
a.The general characteristics of agriculture as an economic sector, specifics of agriculture and position of agrarian sector in the national economy
b.Approaches to evaluation of the role of agriculture in development, production and multifuncional concept
c.Agrarian markets, types of markets, integration processes, the basic patterns of development of contemporary agriculture and agrarian sector, agribusiness

2.Agricultural Policy as part of economic policy - the general principles and context (allowance 8/4)
a.Theoretical background
b.Principles and forms of state intervention in the agrarian sector
c.Economic analysis of basic and crucial forms and instruments of agrarian policy

3.Agriculture and food industry of the Czech Republic within the commodity and regional context of global and European markets (allowance 4/18)
a.Agriculture and Food Industry in Europe
b.Explanation of basic indicators for analysis, methodical preparation for presentations
c.Presentation of commodity studies

4.EU Common Agricultural Policy, principles, development, reforms (allowance 8/2)
a.Economic context and background of the basic model of the CAP, the principles of choice and combination of instruments, effects and evaluation system
b.Reform processes, internal and external factors, changes in the concept of public engagement in agriculture
c.Agricultural policy in the CR, access to the CAP implementation in terms of Czech agrarian sector

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-Ability to analyse and synthesize
-Ability to apply knowledge
-Ability to work in international context
-Skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-Ability to apply knowledge of agricultural economy and policy in the context and dynamics of agrarian markets
-Ability to apply knowledge of agricultural economy and policy in the context and dynamics of agrarian markets
-Ability to identify substantial factors of changes in the agrarian business environment.
-Ability to make systematic interconnection of the issues of regional development and agricultural policy
-Ability to make systematic interconnection of the issues of regional development and agricultural policy.

Type of course unit: required
Year of study: Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement: There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules: -
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture22 h
     seminar12 h
     consultation3 h
     colloquium6 h
     public presentation (oral)2 h
     preparation for exam45 h
     preparation for regular testing15 h
     preparation of presentation35 h
Total140 h
Assessment methods:
Oral examination that verifies the theoretical knowledge and the ability of their interpretation in the specific context of agrárního sector, region and renumeration. Condition for the grant-counting is a successful completion of a written test and a defense of seminar work-commodity studies-during the semester.
Recommended reading:
TypeAuthorTitlePublished inPublisherYearISBN
RQBEČVÁŘOVÁ, V. -- ZDRÁHAL, I.Zemědělská politika a obchodBrnoMendelova univerzita v Brně2013978-80-7375-761-8
RQBEČVÁŘOVÁ, V.Koncepce a vývoj agrární politiky EU a USABrnoMendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně2007978-80-7375-133-3
RQBEČVÁŘOVÁ, V. -- VINOHRADSKÝ, K. -- ZDRÁHAL, I.České zemědělství a vývoj cenového prostředí společného trhu EUBrnoMZLU Brno2009978-80-7375-368-9
RQBEČVÁŘOVÁ, V.Podstata a ekonomické souvislosti formování agrobyznysuBrnoMendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita200580-7157-911-4
RQBEČVÁŘOVÁ, V. -- TAMÁŠ, V. -- DUDOVÁ, B. -- ZDRÁHAL, I.Integrační procesy agrárního sektoruBrnoMendelova univerzita v Brně2013978-80-7375-763-2
REBEČVÁŘOVÁ, V.Approaches to support of agriculture in terms of the EU CAP strategy amendment2009ISSN 1211-8516
REINGERSENT, K A. -- RAYNER, A.Agricultural Policy in Westren Europe and the United StatesNorthamptonEdward Elgar19991-84064-464-8
REInternational Trade PolicyCopenhagen, DenmarkCopenhagen Business Svhool Press200187-16-13484-2
REFood and Agriculture in a Market Economy: An introduction to theory, practice and policyLa HutteAPS-Agricultural Policy Studies19932-9600047-0-1


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