Conventional, intensive agricultural approaches have left in their wake a growing number of serious environmental issues, degrading soils and reducing landscape water holding capacity. Looking to the future of food production demands that we rethink our approach to farming systems.
The Graduate Certificate in Regenerative Agriculture is designed for students who want to be a part of a new way of farming that better supports, and is supported by natural processes, building more resilient farms and farmers in a future of increased seasonal and weather variability.
This course is ideal for students from multi-disciplinary, science, agricultural and business backgrounds to gain postgraduate qualifications in the field of regenerative agriculture.
Drawing on the University’s specialist expertise in plant science, agronomy, ecology, agroforestry, environmental chemistry and socio-ecological systems, the course offers a choice of units covering the theory and practice of regenerative agriculture.
Students complete two core units and two elective units.
- Building Resilience in a Changing Climate: Through Drought, Fire & Flood.
- Ecological Perspectives for Transformational Change.
Elective units (choice of two)
- Alternative Farming Systems
- Farming Systems
- Soil Processes
- Soil Management for Biodiversity
- Food as Medicine
- Ecological Economics for Sustainable Development
- Ecological Jurisprudence
- Caring for Country
- Knowing with Community
- Agroforestry and Farm Forestry
- Natural Resources Policy
- Fire Ecology and Management.
Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.
|Graduate Attribute||Course Learning Outcome|
Develop a comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the nature of complex socio-ecological systems.
Critically analyse and address dynamic complex problems in agriculture by critically evaluating and synthesising information from a range of relevant sources and disciplines.
Develop creative solutions to complex on-farm and socio-ecological challenges.
Develop a strong understanding of the ethical challenges required to address complex challenges.
|Knowledge of a discipline|
Demonstrate an integrative understanding of agriculture by explaining the role and relevance of regenerative agriculture, its related sciences, and agribusiness in society.
Be resourceful and effective at reflecting on the role of self in building new knowledge and applying it to socio-ecological challenges.
Apply discipline based knowledge and skills that require autonomy and a high level of personal integrity and self-reflective capacity.
Recognise and accept continuous learning as being central to one’s capacity to realise potential.
|Communication and social skills|
Effectively communicate and generate ideas, concepts and knowledge with a variety of stakeholders in the agricultural context using a range of mediums.
Engage with diverse indigenous and other cultural perspectives in rural and agricultural contexts.
Understand a citizenship role that is connected to and responsible for the social, environmental, political and economic contexts in which we live.
Assessments vary for each unit and may comprise a mix of assessment types, including laboratory and readings-based assignments, seminar presentations, field and investigation reports, and critical reflection.
Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. All Regenerative Agriculture units will require that students attend compulsory field-trips to experience regenerative agricultural practices in different farming systems and regions.
The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Responding to consumer demand and a desire to build more resilient farming systems, farmers need regenerative agronomists and consultants to provide advice and guidance. Graduates will have the practical skills to apply in a range of public and private sectors, including on farms, with agronomic consulting companies, landcare programs, research, education, interpretation programs and government departments such as Local Land Services and the Department of Primary Industries.
Most units include compulsory on-farm field trips and practical workshops.