Plants and People

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Plants and People

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Excluded: Those who have previosuly taken Introduction to Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf Management are advised not to register to this module. While no students are excluded from this module, the content of the module may be too basic for students in Stages 3 and 4.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Plants have long be used by humankind for food, shelter, medicinal, cosmetic and other purposes. They have also been used in the creation of gardens and parks and in recent times sports pitches and golfcourses. This module deliverd by several lecturers, both internal and visiting,provides a broad overview of the production of foodstuffs, such as fruit, vegetables, mushrooms. The use and production of herbs for ornamental and other uses will be discussed. The horticultural industry in Ireland and its key sectors will be outlined. The production of trees and shrubs and their use in the design and management of private gardens, parks and open spaces in the past and present will be described. The social, economic and environmental benefits of plants for both those in urban and rural areas will be examined. The topic of social horticulture and its role in the development of social capital will be also be discussed. The criteria for a successful playing surface for football and golf will be described. Students will be directed to background material in the Library and the World Wide Web. As this is a Stage 1 module emphasis is placed on linking this module with other Stage 1 modules in the Agricultural Sciences Programme in particular.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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