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GG4073: RURAL GEOGRAPHIES (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

Through lectures, student-led seminars and presentations by external experts, this course enables students to engage at an advanced level with social, demographic, economic and policy issues associated with the contemporary countryside at local, regional, national and international scales. Course topics include: conceptualising rurality and the commodification of the countryside; rural socio-economic restructuring; accessibility and services provision; rural policy and governance; and selected contemporary rural issues.

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 Lorna Philip

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Course Description

Indicative course content: conceptualising 'rural'; the diverse rural economy; the changing demographics of rural communities (including lived reality of rural life for different demographic sub-groups and/ or alternative rural lifestyles); rural challenges and opportunities (including e.g. accessibility and mobility, service provision and service restructuring, housing, social exclusion, digital rural society, entrepreneurialism; the commodification of the countryside); rural policy and governance (including e.g. community development, rural policy models and priorities, the differentiated countryside, rural resilience).

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 the course coordinator.

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 during seminars


Formative (verbal) feedback will be given to students during class or during meetings arranged with the course coordinator. Students will receive individual written feedback on their essay.  Verbal feedback on exam performance will be provide on request.

Course Learning Outcomes


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