D3a - Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Alimentari e Ambientali - Guida degli insegnamenti (Syllabus)


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Seat Agraria
A.A. A.A. 2016-2017
Credits 3
Hours 27
Period 2^ semestre
Language ENG
U-gov code LM SAT W000578


Basic knowledge of agronomy, horticulture and field crops.

Development of the course

The didactic method is based on ppt lectures (3 ECTS) (provided in copies to the students), technical experiences and visit excursions at facilities that make horticultural activities with social purposes for children, people with disabilities, or elderly. The technical visits will be organized in order to put into practice what the students have learned in class (1 ECTS). 

Learning outcomes

Knowledge. The course aims to introduce students to the problems that they face in designing vegetable gardens for social purposes, counseling or health, education etc.; to know the state of the art of therapeutic gardens in international research and know the case studies of the major vegetable crops used in the production of gardens with different purposes.


Applying knowledge and understanding. The main aim of this course is to provide a fully development ability of the students on the design of a vegetable garden with a social purpose.


Cross-expertise. The student will understand the importance of a design that will support an interdisciplinary work of the staff: medical, nursing, administrative, psychologists, sociologists, and educators. Besides the theoretical study and practical activities will highlight the value of a participatory design that actively involves all stakeholders (employees, partners, customers, citizens and end users) in the design process to ensure that the product designed meets their needs and is usable.

  1. Course presentation. Classification of vegetable garden: urban, educational, social, counseling or healing gardens etc. The benefits of horticultural therapy and therapeutic gardens in international research. Knowing the disability to design gardens therapeutic purposes: Italian legislation (0.5 ECTS).
  2. The importance of planning and use participative and integrated approaches in a team of professionals (doctors, psychologists, educators, teachers, etc.). Specificity of the therapeutic horticultural rehabilitation. The group and the horticultural approach. Alternative therapies and / or complementary to horticulture. Case study of the major vegetable crops used in the production of gardens with social purposes (1 ECTS).
  3. Design phase: the garden as a place for recreation and fun combinations. Choice of the most suitable crops. Choice of the method of cultivation (synergistic, biodynamic, organic, conventional and integrated). Walkways. Plots. Other areas of service. Exercise: designing a garden with a social purpose. Practical tests of embodiment of a vegetable garden (1.5 ECTS).



Development of the examination

Learning evaluation methods

Final assessment will be unique for the entire integrated course and it will consist on an optional writing test and/or oral discussion on three of the subjects listed in the teaching program.


Learning evaluation criteria

To pass the exam, the student must demonstrate an overall understanding of the content using appropriate technical terminology, and to be able to deal with deductive reasoning that enable him to create links within matter, and to have a complete mastery of the subject.


Learning measurement criteria

The final mark is attributed in thirtieths. Successful completion of the examination will lead to grades ranging from 18 to 30 “cum laude”.


Final mark allocation criteria

The written test (optional) consists of 20 open-ended questions about the topics, for each one questions will be evaluated with score maximum of 10 point. The final result of the written test will be expressed out of thirty.

The oral examination consists of three questions concerning the subjects listed in the teaching program, each of ones will be quantified in the range 0 - 10. The degree of 30 “cum laude” is attributed when the student demonstrates complete mastery of the subject.

If the student wants to perform both tests (written and oral), the final grade will result from the average of the two results expressed in thirtieths.

Recommended reading

1. A.A.V.V., 2011. “Manuale per l’approccio orticolturale nella ri/abilitazione della Disabilità Intellettiva” a cura di Alessandro Castellani. Legnano (VR).

2. Tesi R. 2010. “Orticoltura mediterranea sostenibile”. Pàtron editore, Bologna.

3. Marcus C. C., Sachs N. A., 2014. “Therapeutic Landscapes. An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces”. JohnWiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey.

4. Adil J.R., 1994. “Accessible Gardening for People with Physical Disabilities. A Guide to Methods, Tools, and Plants”. Idyll Arbor. Woodbine House, 6510 Bells Mill Road, Bethesda, MD 20817. 800/843-7323.

5. Hewson M.L., 1994. “Horticulture As Therapy. A Practical Guide to Using Horticulture as a Therapeutic Tool”. Greenmor Printing Company Limited, Guelph, ON, Canada.

6. Moore B., 1989. “Growing with gardening. A twelve-Month Guide for Therapy, Recreation, and Education”. The University of North Carolina Press.



Tutorial session


Monday from 12.30 to 14.30 by appointment.


  • C.L.M. - Scienze Agrarie e del Territorio - Curriculum AGRICOLTURA SOCIALE (LM SAT - AS)

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