Social science theory for rural developers
Additional course evaluations for LU0088
Academic year 2020/2021Social science theory for rural developers (LU0088-10229) 2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01
Academic year 2019/2020Social science theory for rural developers (LU0088-10159) 2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31
Academic year 2018/2019Social science theory for rural developers (LU0088-10158) 2018-09-03 - 2018-11-05
Academic year 2017/2018Social science theory for rural developers (LU0088-10054) 2017-08-28 - 2017-10-30
LU0088 Social science theory for rural developers, 15.0 CreditsSamhällsvetenskaplig teori för landsbygdsutvecklare
Education cycleFirst cycle
Advanced study in the main fieldFirst cycle, less than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G1F)
Prior knowledgeEquivalent to 30 credits in Rural Development.
ObjectivesThe course’s aims are to provide students with a basic overview of social science theories, with an emphasis on how theories work as analytical tools. The course stresses methodological and ethical issues.
After completion students shall be able to:
- Orally and in writing give an account of different social science contexts;
- Orally and in writing describe and analyze societal heterogeneities, including questions concerning globalisation;
- Orally and in writing discuss structural and action oriented perspectives;
- Orally and in writing account for the main lines of the history of social science:
- Orally and in writing account for different social science perspectives and methods;
- Orally and in writing discuss the consequences of choice between different theoretical starting points for the formulation of research problems and analysis.
ContentThe main content of the course consists of a broad introduction to sociological and culture analytical perspectives as a base for understanding societies in general and rural communities in particular. Generic competences are an essential part of the course, not least in the capacity to describe, present, and generalize around specific examples.
The course consists of a mixture of lectures and autonomous work individually or in groups on cases, both constructed and real. Work is presented and discussed during seminars. The course literature is discussed during lectures and in seminars. Students are expected to use references to the literature actively in the discussions on the case studies.
Formats and requirements for examinationThe course is examined through written exams as well as through assignments for seminars. 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.
- 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.