Study programmes / B-AGE Agricultural Engineering / Economics and Politics of European Agrarian Sector
Course code:EPEAS
Course title in language of instruction:Ekonomika a politika evropského agrárního sektoru
Course title in Czech:Ekonomika a politika evropského agrárního sektoru
Course title in English:Economics and Politics of European Agrarian Sector
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (6 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 2/2
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:bachelor
Semester:SS 2020/2021 - FA
Name of lecturer:prof. Ing. Věra Bečvářová, CSc. (lecturer, supervisor)
Ing. Barbora Daňková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Ing. Vojtěch Tamáš, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Ing. Ivo Zdráhal, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
Aims of the course:Introduce the basic structural and economic characteristics of agriculture and food industry of the European Union member states and the formation of economic policy in agriculture and downstream sectors in the current model of the agribusiness. Detail to focus on principles, rules and development of the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union and their application and effects in terms of the basic structural and economic characteristics of agriculture and food industry in terms of CR.
Course contents:
1.Agriculture and agrarian sector in the current economy (allowance 6/6)
a.Economic context shaping agribusinesses and izs influence on position of primary agricultural production and food industry in the current system, commodity and non-commodity approach
b.Principle and characteristics of commodity verticals

2.Agriculture and Food industry in the EU (allowance 8/10)
a.Status and development of agriculture in the old and new EU member states
b.Structural and economic characteristics of the business base of agriculture, its production, development and results of the industry by major commodities
c.The role and status of downstream processing and distribution phases of commodity chains

3.Agriculture and agrarian sector in the Czech Republic, the production and economic characteristics, dynamics of development and impact of agricultural policy (allowance 4/4)
a.Basic principles and critical stage of agrarian policy development , the impact of economic reform in 1990
b.Effect of entry into the EU and the application of the CAP
c.Competitiveness of the Czech agrarian sector in the European and world markets

4.The European model of agricultural policy (allowance 6/6)
a.Integration processes and their effect on change in strategy for the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
b.The classical model of the CAP, principles and measures for management of agricultural markets, crucial reforms
c.The current model of the CAP

5.International trade in agricultural and food commodities (allowance 4/2)
a.EU position on the world agricultural market
b.World Organization influencing the development of agriculture and agricultural markets

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to analyse and synthesize
-ability to apply knowledge
-ability to communicate with professionals in different field of study
-capacity to adapt to new situations
-work in team

Specific competences:
-Ability of economic analysis of the business environment of the common agricultural market at regional and national levels
-Ability to actively identify and use appropriate information sources within the European agricultural sector
-Knowledge of the economic context, principles and rules of the origin and development of the EU Common agricultural policy
-Understanding of the economic rules for natural resource management based on the principles of sustainability

Type of course unit:required
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:Oral examination of the whole spectrum of problems of European agriculture and credit upon successful completion of the ongoing test and presentation and defense of commodity studies during the semester
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture24 h
     practice6 h
     seminar22 h
     consultation4 h
     public presentation (oral)2 h
     preparation for exam35 h
     preparation for regular testing25 h
     preparation of presentation20 h
     writing of seminar paper30 h
Total168 h

Basic reading list
  • BEČVÁŘOVÁ, V. -- ZDRÁHAL, I. Rozvoj zemědělství a venkova v evropském modelu agrární politiky - formování strategie v kontextu změn prostředí. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2013. 132 p. ISBN 978-80-7375-771-7.
  • BEČVÁŘOVÁ, V. -- ZDRÁHAL, I. Zemědělská politika a obchod. Brno: Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2013. 132 p. ISBN 978-80-7375-761-8.
  • ZDRÁHAL, I. -- BEČVÁŘOVÁ, V. Velikostní struktura podniků v zemědělství - faktory, tendence, souvislosti. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2012. 166 p. ISBN 978-80-7375-690-1.
  • BEČVÁŘOVÁ, V. -- TAMÁŠ, V. -- DUDOVÁ, B. -- ZDRÁHAL, I. Integrační procesy agrárního sektoru. Brno: Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2013. 136 p. ISBN 978-80-7375-763-2.
  • SVOBODOVÁ, E. -- BEČVÁŘOVÁ, V. -- VINOHRADSKÝ, K. Intenzivní a extenzivní využívání přírodních zdrojů zemědělství ČR. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2011. 136 p. ISBN 978-80-7375-579-9.
  • BEČVÁŘOVÁ, V. Strategie reformy SZP po roce 2013. In Proceedings of the International Scientific Conference Region in the Development of Society 2013. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2013, p. 7--12. ISBN 978-80-7375-884-4. URL:
Recommended reading list
  • BEČVÁŘOVÁ, V. et al. Vývoj českého zemědělství v evropském kontextu. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2008. 62 p. ISBN 978-80-7375-255-2.
  • BEČVÁŘOVÁ, V. -- TAMÁŠ, V. -- ZDRÁHAL, I. Agrobyznys v rozvoji regionu. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2013. 118 p. ISBN 978-80-7375-799-1.
  • WILSON, G A. Multifunctional agriculture: a transition theory perspective. Wallingford: CABI , 2007. 374 p. ISBN 978-1-84593-256-5.