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GG4073: RURAL GEOGRAPHIES (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04

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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Lorna J. 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).

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University week s 8 - 18

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Summative Assessments

2250 words essay (40%)

Preparation of a briefing report on a contemporary Scottish rural issue (2750 words) (60%)

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

Resit not normally available.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

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