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LU0086

International rural development

The course is suitable for you who, regardless of disciplinary background, are interested in expanding your knowledge of rural development, and furthermore want to be able to identify and analyse problems and potentials in relation to rural livelihoods. The course focuses on ecological, political, social, and economic factors of rural development in the global South.

The course includes discussions on important aspects of rural livelihoods, such as food security, natural resource management, climate change, social organization and migration. There is also a focus on gender aspects and poverty/well-being within rural development.
2020-09-06
Welcome to the course LU0086 (International Rural Development)
We are very pleased to invite you to this cours, but we have issues to share with you early. The ongoing Corvid 19 pandemic is giving us real hard time planning the course, and both teachers and students face a great deal of uncertainty in as far as course planning is concerned. Therefore, we kindly urge all students enrolled in the course to closely monitor the SLU Corvid pages through the student section for updates (i.e. https://student.slu.se/en/study-support/emergencies-and-incidents/information-about-the-coronavirus/study/). Otherwise, we are planning to run both on campus teaching (seminars) and online teaching, depending on availability of appropriate classrooms with possibility of extra social distancing. Tough, but has to be done. A detailed schedule will be posted on SLUNIK in the first weeks of October 2020, and an updated one on Canvas at the start of the course. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further details. Opira & Harry (Course Convenors)

The course evaluation is now closed

LU0086-20130 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for LU0086

Academic year 2019/2020

International rural development (LU0086-20068) 2019-11-01 - 2020-01-19

Academic year 2018/2019

International rural development (LU0086-20105) 2018-11-06 - 2019-01-20

Academic year 2017/2018

International rural development (LU0086-20028) 2017-10-31 - 2018-01-14

LU0086 International rural development, 15.0 Credits

Internationell landsbygdsutveckling

Syllabus approved

2016-12-02

Subjects

Agricultural science Rural Development

Education cycle

First cycle

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, less than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G1F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.

Language

English

Prior knowledge

30 credits in rural development or other relevant humanities, social, or natural science subject. Skills in English equivalent to English B from upper secondary school in Sweden.

Objectives

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of ecological, social, political and economic aspects of rural development in the global South. In order to achieve this aim the course offers an introduction to relevant theoretical frameworks, concepts, approaches, and discussions concerning aspects of rural livelihoods. Further, the course will provide students with an understanding of current potentials and obstacles in rural development in the global South.

Upon completion of the course, the students shall, verbally and in writing, be able to:
- discuss theoretical and empirical aspects of rural development in the global South.
- discuss the main components of livelihood strategies in different rural settings.
- compare and discuss how different notions of, and approaches to, development are linked to contemporary processes of globalization and environmental, agrarian and social change.
- compare and discuss theoretical and empirical perspectives on globalisation, and the specific impacts of global processes on different local rural contexts.

Content

This interdisciplinary course focuses on ecological, political, social, and economic factors of rural development in the global South. The course introduces the students to basic concepts and discussions in social and agricultural sciences, as well as development theories. The course is suitable for all university students, regardless of disciplinary background, who are interested in expanding their knowledge of rural development, and furthermore want to be able to identify and analyse problems and potentials in relation to rural livelihoods. The course compares and analyses different rural problems and potentials of development and underdevelopment, drawing on examples from the major regions of the global South. The course includes discussions on important aspects of rural livelihoods, such as food security, natural resource management, climate change, social organization and migration. There is also a focus on gender aspects and poverty/well-being within rural development.

Besides lectures the students will participate in compulsory discussion seminars and group work.

Formats and requirements for examination

The course is examined through written exam, group work, presentations and exercises. Approved examination and participation in compulsory sessions are required for passing the course.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Responsible department

Department of Urban and Rural Development

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Replaces: LU0056 och delar av LU0063

General Criteria for Grading

Insufficient (U)

Grade 3

  • be able to give a basic account for the history and concepts of development and its various meanings.
  • be able to describe the main theories, arguments, concepts and assumptions of various aspects of rural development in the South.
  • be able to describe the main aspects of rural settings and livelihood strategies.
  • be able to account for how different aspects of development are linked to contemporary processes of globalization, environmental issues and social changes.
  • be able to write in an adequately scientifically structured and comprehensible form.
  • be able to demonstrate an adequate understanding of the literature of the course.
  • be able to complete the compulsory assignments within the stipulated time period.
  • be able to contribute actively during seminars.

Grade 4

  • be able to critically discuss the history and concepts of development and its various meanings.
  • be able to compare and conduct a basic analysis of the main theories, arguments, concepts and assumptions of various aspects of rural development in the South.
  • be able to compare and conduct a basic analysis of the main aspects of rural settings and livelihood strategies.
  • be able to account for and critically discuss how different aspects of development are linked to contemporary processes of globalization, environmental issues and social changes.
  • be able to write in a scientifically well-structured and well-argued form.
  • be able to complete the compulsory assignments within the stipulated time period.
  • be able to hand in the exam before the formal deadline.be able to contribute actively during seminars.
  • be able to demonstrate substantial understanding of the literature of the course.

Grade 5

  • be able to analyze and critically discuss the history and concepts of development and its various meanings.
  • be able to distinguish and analyse the main arguments, concepts and assumptions of the scientific study of rural development.
  • be able to analyze and critically discuss theoretical and practical aspects of rural development in the South.
  • be able to compare and analyze main aspects of rural settings and livelihood strategies.
  • be able to critically discuss and analyze the connections between different notions of development and contemporary processes of globalization, environmental issues and social changes.
  • be able to write in a scientifically analytical, well-structured, and advanced form.
  • be able to complete the compulsory assignments within the stipulated time period.
  • be able to hand in the exam before the formal deadline.
  • be able to contribute actively during seminars.
  • be able to demonstrate excellent understanding of the literature.
1) The Companion of Development Studies
Author: Desai Vandana and Robert Potter
2) Rural Development
Author: Adam Pain and Kjell Hansen
ISBN: 978-1-138-77566-4
Comments: Selected Chapters

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Agriculture Programme - Rural Development Landscape Engineer Programme - Uppsala Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 27500 SEK Cycle: First cycle
Subject: Agricultural science Rural Development
Course code: LU0086 Application code: SLU-20130 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Urban and Rural Development Pace: 100%