SA4E6 Half Unit
Rural Development and Social Policy
This information is for the 2018/19 session.
Prof David Lewis OLD2.40
This course is available on the MSc in African Development, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Environmental Economics and Climate Change, MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies, MSc in International Social and Public Policy, MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Migration) and MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Non-Governmental Organisations). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
Knowledge of rural areas and relevant work experience is desirable but not essential. Knowledge of sociological and anthropological approaches to rural development also desirable.
Theories of rural development, history of rural development policy, changing rural livelihoods, land and agrarian reform, agricultural research and extension, the roles of private and non-governmental actors, natural resource management, food security, climate change and rural-urban linkages.
15 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT. 1 hour and 30 minutes of lectures and 1 hour and 30 minutes of seminars in the ST.
A formative 1500 word essay is required at end of Week 6, and feedback will be given.
A detailed reading list is included in the seminar programme. The following is an introductory reading list: IFAD Rural Development Report 2016 (International Fund for Agricultural Development); I Scoones & J Thompson, Farmer First Revisited (2009); R McAreavey, Rural Development Theory and Practice (2009); Agriculture for Development (World Bank 2009); A Hall & J Midgley, Social Policy for Development (2004); A Shepherd, Sustainable Rural Development (1998); B Crow & H Bernstein (Eds), Rural Lives: Crises and Responses (1992); N Long, Development Sociology: Actor Perspectives (2001).
Essay (100%, 3500 words) in the ST.
Students are required to write an assessed essay of 3,500 words.
Student performance results
|Classification||% of students|
Department: Social Policy
Total students 2017/18: Unavailable
Average class size 2017/18: Unavailable
Controlled access 2017/18: No
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
Course survey results
(2016/17 combined)1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score
The scores below are average responses.
Response rate: 83%
Reading list (Q2.1)
Course satisfied (Q2.4)