PNS0216 Rural Development in the Global South, 7.5 Credits
Subjects Rural Development
No Level Indicated
Pass / Failed
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.
Enrolled as a PhD student.
This course gives a basic introduction to the subject rural development with a focus on the Global South. It covers the basics about the origins and evolution of development as a concept as well as its critiques, while also touching upon a variety of thematic areas central to contemporary debates in the field. The course is divided into three blocks (1) Rural development, post-colonialism, and beyond; (2) Rural transformations; (3) Politics of natural resources and the environment.
Theory and discussion is oriented toward critical approaches within development studies that seek to foster debate about the idea of ‘development’ and its many manifestations, dimensions of power and politics within development processes, and potential opportunities for cultivating more just, secure, and sustainable futures.
After completion of the course, the students shall be able to:
- describe historical trends in theory and practice of rural development in the Global South;
- engage with contemporary debates surrounding key development issues surrounding rural transformation and the politics of the environment;
- apply theory used within contemporary discussion on rural development to analyze and investigate issues within their own area of research.
The course consists of three blocks where each takes place during one week with about five activities (e.g. lectures, seminars). The first block focuses on a history of ideas in our subject while the latter two expand into two key contemporary themes developed in the field.
1. Rural development, post-colonialism, and beyond
The first block will provide an introduction to the evolution of thinking in rural development from more "mainstream" approaches to critical development studies, post-colonial critiques, and beyond.
2. Rural transformations
The second block will explore key thematic issues relating to rural transformations including: dynamics of agrarian change in the contemporary era; changing relationships between state, society, and the market; shifts in rural livelihoods; and social vulnerability and resilience.
3. Politics of natural resources and the environment
The third block will examine issues relating environmental politics, including: natural resource governance and contestation, the politics of "participation", and continuity and change in global environmental agendas and their implications for welfare and justice of resource dependent populations.
Formats and requirements for examination
Participation in lectures and seminars during the course. Participation implies active contributions to class discussions, especially in linking required reading to concepts and themes covered in lectures and seminars.
A hand-in individual paper that apply core concepts/theories from the course in students own area of research. In particular, the paper should reflect on how their own research, relates to existing themes in Rural Development of the Global South as well as future contributions that they believe their research will be able to make to advancing the field.
Course leader: Harry Fischer
Vice-course leader: Flora Hajdu
The course is based on the knowledge and current research that takes place at the Division of Rural Development, SLU and includes interaction with many of the lecturers and researchers who focus on the Global South.
The course is given as part of the post graduate research school ’Society and Landscape’ at the Department of Urban and Rural Development.
Department of Urban and Rural Development