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Course: Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Viticulture and Enology
Group of courses: Agricultural, Forestry and Nutritional Studies



Course objectives:

Students should be able to analyse and understand the significance of social and gender-specific aspects in the various working fields of horticulture.


Teaching content/subject-specific gender studies content:

Anchoring gender aspects is important in the following subject areas:

  • Business administration: Company structures and the role of women in family-run gardening firms. Gender-specific work organisation, valuation of work (pay) in horticulture. Degree stage B.Sc., 4th - 5th semester.
  • Market studies: The role of women in the development of horticultural markets. Gender-specific factors determining consumer behaviour. Recognising the high affinity of female consumers for horticultural products and using this factor for marketing purposes. Degree stage B.Sc., 4th - 5th semester.
  • Indoor plants: Describing the gender-specific effects of plants on men and women. Degree stage B.Sc., 4th - 5th semester.
  • Ecological cultivation: Recognising gender-specific values systems. Degree stage B.Sc., 4th - 5th semester.
  • Service horticulture: Understanding the role of women in service companies, as service providers and customers. Recognising the links between horticultural products/services and traditional domestic division of labour. Degree stage B.Sc., 4th - 5th semester.
  • Didactics: Gender-specific aspects of training, learning and working techniques. Degree stage B.Sc., 6th - 7th semester.
  • Management: Gender-specific elements in management models and leadership techniques. Degree stage B.Sc., 6th - 7th semester.
  • Consulting: Understanding relevant aspects of interpersonal communication and conflict management as gender effects. Degree stage B.Sc., 6th - 7th semester.
  • Development theory and policy: Understanding the role of women as advisors and recipients of advice in development work and development policy in different cultural traditions. Degree stage M.Sc.
  • Work theory: Analysing gender-specific division of labour and workloads. Degree stage M.Sc.
  • Practical semester, project or work placement: Recognising and analysing gender-specific aspects in professional life. Degree stage B.Sc., M.Sc.


Integration of gender studies content into the curriculum:

The following universities currently offer a "gender module":

  • University of Hannover in the Master's degree as an optional subject, linked with epistemology
  • Humboldt University Berlin in the Bachelor's degree as an optional subject: "Gender and Globalisation".

Students' participation in the modules is heavily dependent on where the module is integrated into the degree programme and with what value. Students and faculty members evaluate purely optional modules differently to optional required or compulsory modules.

Essentially, the gender aspect is relevant across the entire discipline. It should be integrated into the socioeconomic and development policy areas, as described above. Integration into the more scientific or technically influenced subject areas is less conceivable.


Degree Stage:

See above. In addition, the issues covered in the sixth and seventh Bachelor semesters should be intensified in Master's programmes.




Provided by

Dr. Inge Uetrecht
Mrs. Dr. Inge Uetrecht helped to create the gender curricula "Horticulture", but she isn't working in this field anymore