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GG4070: RURAL CHANGE (2014-2015)

Last modified: 25 Jul 2014 15:59


Course Overview

Through lectures, student-led seminars and presentations by external experts, this course enables students to engage at an advanced level with social, economic and policy issues and changes associated with contemporary countryside and agri-food geographies at local, regional, national and international scales.  Course topics include: rural socio-economic restructuring; accessibility and service provision; a conceptually-informed exploration of changing agri-food networks; the Common Agricultural Policy; the move towards a multi-functional countryside; and rural futures scenarios.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr David Watts

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Conceptualising 'rural' The diverse rural economy Productivist agriculture Post-productivism and the consumption countryside The changing demography of rural communities (including depopulation and repopulation, experiences of rural life for different demographic sub-groups) Rural challenges: service provision, housing, accessibility Rural opportunities: the digital society, entrepreneurialism The multi-functional countryside Agricultural change and rural policy Rural futures Comparative perspectives on key challenges facing rural communities: international case studies.

Further Information & Notes

Students from other social science/humanities subjects interested in taking this course for 'disciplinary breadth' are welcome to discuss this possibility with one of the course coordinators.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

Sorry, we don't have that information available.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: Coursework (33%) one 2,500 word essay; 1 two-hour examination (67%). Resit: A resit for this course is not normally available until the following academic year.

Formative Assessment

Students will receive formative feedback after the three seminar sessions, for which they will be required to prepare three 750-1000 word reports.

Feedback

Formative (verbal) feedback will be given to students during class. Students will all receive individual written feedback on their essay using G&E's comments sheets. Verbal feedback on exam performance will be provided on request.

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