This double-degree program will provide graduates with understanding in two complementary discipline areas. The first is the science that underpins agricultural production processes, while the second is an understanding of the political and social requirements for international development, when developing countries grapple with political, economic, and social constraints to alleviate poverty and participate in the global economy. These challenges are among the most important that impact on global development. Frequently it is the agricultural sector, which is best able to assist the development process in these countries, as most of the population are involved in agriculture. Graduates who are aware of the human dimensions of development, and are skilled in the principles of agricultural science, would be versatile and be well equipped to find employment in the development assistance field. Students will take core agricultural science subjects involving basic science subjects in first year, followed by soil, plant and animal science subjects without specialisation in any one area. Case study teaching allows for the integration of the earlier disciplinary knowledge using a problem-solving approach. The international development subjects are offered from a range of disciplines across the University, including anthropology, economics, history, linguistics, politics and sociology, with almost half of these being electives, allowing students to focus on areas of interest. An essential requirement of the agricultural science degree is twelve weeks of approved industry experience taken during vacations.
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