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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

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
  • Dr David Watts
  • Dr Lorna Philip

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • GG3570 Concepts in Human Geography (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • GG4070 Rural Change (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Indicative course content: conceptualising 'rural'; the diverse rural economy; food regimes theory; agriculture and the post-productivist transition; the Common Agricultural Policy; alternative food networks;  the consumption countryside; the changing demography of rural communities (including depopulation and repopulation, experiences of rural life for different demographic sub-groups); rural challenges (e.g. service provision, housing, accessibility); rural opportunities (e.g. the digital society, entrepreneurialism); the multi-functional countryside; comparative perspectives on key challenges facing rural communities.

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.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

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 those seminar sessions for which they are required to prepare 750-1000 word reports.


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.

Course Learning Outcomes


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