Satoyama Online (Living in Harmony with Nature) is a non-formal course offered by the Faculty of Management and Development Studies, University of the Philippines Open University through the UP Open University Foundation, Inc. as part of its Human Resources Development Program for the Sustainable Development of Important Agricultural Heritage Systems.
The course stresses the urgent need for a harmonious relationship between human and nature. Satoyama which is a socio-ecological production landscape has been approved as a global initiative intended to address challenges in biodiversity conservation.
Duration of the course is from 12 to 16 weeks.
The course aims to:
- Getting to know what satoyama landscape is and its relevance in solving today’s environmental problems;
- Identifying satoyama landscapes in the Philippines and reflecting on the possible ecological concepts and lessons we can learn from them;
- Determining ecologically and socioculturally sound strategies in rehabilitating degraded satoyama landscapes;
- Conduct a field study to enhance satoyama landscape, livelihood and the environment.
Course Delivery and Materials
This 12-week course is delivered through distance education. The course package includes course guide, online discussion boards, as well as related and selected readings that will be uploaded in the course site.
Module I. Introduction to Satoyama and GIAHS
Module II. Practical Ecology
Module III. Sustainable Agriculture
Module IV. Nature, Culture and Heritage
Module V. Conceptualizing and Conducting the Field Study
Participants should have at least a high school diploma, and a good command of standard English. Basic computer literacy, particularly the ability to work with the Internet, is a must for online students.
Interested participants may register online using the Online Sign-up form, or visit the Faculty of Management and Development Studies, UPOU HQ, Los Baños, Laguna. Details of course offering will be emailed a month before the start of class. (This includes the admission form with the assessment of fees and payment procedures.)
Schedule of Course Offerings
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or call us at (049) 536-6010.