UGEB2296 農業科技:體驗與再思

UGEB2296 農業科技:體驗與再思(兩學分)

Experiencing and Rethinking Science and Technology in Agriculture (2 units)

農業是每個文明的基礎,為人類提供食物和各式各樣賴以為生的材料。農業耕作是綜合了自然知識、人類需要和人文價值的藝術,也跟隨著科學和技術的發展而演化。隨着農業科學和科技的提升,現代農業高度工業化和商品化,令食物產量不斷增加。在支持全球人口上升的同時,帶來了許多全球性的挑戰,包括食品安全、科技應用、環境污染、食物正義、可持續發展等等。近數十年,另一種耕作方式「永續農業」逐漸引起全球關注。永續農業除了是一種可持續和自給自足的農耕生態系統外,其理念更可延伸到農業以外的領域,應用到不同社區層面和個人生活之中。

UGEB2296「農業科技:體驗與再思」是2018-19年度首次舉辦的暑期海外體驗課程。本課以「體驗式學習」讓同學認識現代農業和永續農業的原則和實踐,分析與農業相關的道德議題,以及反思如何與自然共存和可持續地生活。大學通識教育基礎課程講師李明博士帶領二十位來自不同學系和年級的同學,在兩節講課後遠赴澳洲永續農業學院進行為期六日的體驗學習,向永續農業資深導師Robyn Francis學習永續農業的理念和設計原則。同學亦親身到農田耕作,實踐課堂所學,體驗農田生活,與大自然共存。修讀此課的同學利用在港、澳課堂所學,以永續農業的設計原則為中大校園的重新規劃,亦透過期末論文表達個人對農業、科技、可持續生活的反思和願景。更多同學反思可瀏覽:2018-19 澳洲之旅 Overseas Study Trip to Australia

Agriculture is the foundation of every civilization, providing food and raw materials for human lives. It is definitely an art that integrates the knowledge of nature with human needs and values. It also continues to evolve with the advancement of agricultural science and technology. Owing to rapid technological advancement, modern agriculture becomes highly industrialized and commercialized, continuously boosting food production. Although increased food production can support an ever-growing global population, it also gives rise to many global ethical concerns including but not limited to sustainability, food safety, biotechnology, and pollution. In the past decades, more and more attention has been given to permaculture, an alternative agricultural practice that emphasizes the development of sustainable and self-sufficient ecosystems in farming. On top of food production system, this idea can apply to other personal and social aspects as well.

UGEB2296 Experiencing and Rethinking Science and Technology in Agriculture was first offered in the summer of 2018-19 for experiential learning overseas. Through hands-on experience in farming, students could acquire a basic understanding of modern agriculture and the principles and practices of permaculture, so they might analyze related ethical issues and reflect on how to coexist with nature and live sustainably. A group of twenty students from different disciplines and years of study was led by Dr. LI Ming, a lecturer of the General Education Foundation Programme, to Australia after attending two lectures of three hours each. They visited Permaculture College Australia for six days and learned permaculture ethics and design principles from Robyn Francis, a master and educator in permaculture. Students also engaged in a series of farming and planting practices and got close to nature. By adopting what they had learned in Hong Kong and Australia, in particular permaculture design principles, they were asked to propose a viable revamp of a designated area of the CU campus. Their learning and reflection on agriculture, technology, and sustainable lifestyle were included in their term paper. You can read more here.

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