An agronomist oriented in rural economy should be able to think globally but be able to plan and act locally. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to reply to basic questons of local development such as:
1. what development we want and what is the role of citizens.
2. with which technique can we bring about social change in different local communities
3. What is the role they can play as local government officials
4. How can design practically a local business development plan
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course refers to the understanding of the philosophy of Local - community Development. Specifically it discusses efforts being made by communities in order to improve living and working conditions based on their own resources, priorities, strategies etc. The course makes a review of the history of Greek local development and to basic Strategies for local development. It goes on with basic concepts such as participatory process, Governance , Volunteering, bottom up approaches to development programs, quality of life in rural areas and the future of Community actions. During each course the theoretical background of the module is presented and then the students participate in a related laboratory course . Moreover they are assigned three tasks in the first lesson and presents the work on the voluntary group. The laboratory courses associated with the themes of the theoretical course and include a) laboratory exercises for better consolidation of theoretical concepts ( eg monitoring relevant video and filling in a questionnaire or answer questions related ) , b ) an analysis of how pension exculpatory work c ) directions for a good presentation of work using the program POWER POINT d ) hosting ratings - speakers ( a voluntary group which will present the work ) e ) Visits (in a municipality or monitoring of the meeting of a municipal Board )
Rural Sociology, community, governance, rurality, migrants, depopulation, exlusion, globalization, urban, idyll, construction, mobility, gentrification, multifunctionality, rural tourism, cοunterurbanization, local, resilience, leadership, poverty, women, young