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Social science theory for rural developers

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The course evaluation is open between 2021-10-25 and 2021-11-15

Additional course evaluations for LU0088

Academic year 2020/2021

Social science theory for rural developers (LU0088-10229) 2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

Academic year 2019/2020

Social science theory for rural developers (LU0088-10159) 2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

Academic year 2018/2019

Social science theory for rural developers (LU0088-10158) 2018-09-03 - 2018-11-05

Academic year 2017/2018

Social science theory for rural developers (LU0088-10054) 2017-08-28 - 2017-10-30

LU0088 Social science theory for rural developers, 15.0 Credits

Samhällsvetenskaplig teori för landsbygdsutvecklare

Syllabus approved



Rural Development

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

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.



Prior knowledge

Equivalent to 30 credits in Rural Development.


The 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.


The 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 examination

The 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.

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: LU0070 samt delar av LU0063
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
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Author: Bauman, Zygmunt 1998:
2) : Sociologiska perspektiv - grundläggande begrepp och teorier. Lund: Studentlitteratur (hela boken)
Author: Engdahl, Oskar & Bengt Larsson 2011
3) Inledning. I: Hansen, Kjell & Karin Salomonsson (red): Fönster mot Europa. Platser och identiteter. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Author: Hansen, Kjell & Karin Salomonsson 2001:
5) An Invitation to Social Theory. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Author: Inglis, David with Christopher Thorpe 2014
6) Vetenskapsteori för nybörjare. Stockholm: Runa förlag. (144 sidor).
Author: Thurén, Torsten 1992 (eller senare upplaga
7) Dessutom tillkommer ett originalverk av någon mer framstående sociologisk/etnologisk/antropologisk teoretiker. (Ska godkännas av kursansvarig.)

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: No The course is offered as a programme course: Agriculture Programme - Rural Development Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 27500 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Rural Development
Course code: LU0088 Application code: SLU-10255 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Urban and Rural Development Pace: 100%