RURAL SOCIOLOGY

Course Information
TitleΑΓΡΟΤΙΚΗ ΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΟΛΟΓΙΑ / RURAL SOCIOLOGY
Code304Υ
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
SchoolAgriculture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CommonNo
StatusActive
Course ID420001299

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Class ID
600120295
Type of the Course
  • Background
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Erasmus
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • Italian (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
An agronomist/rural economist should be able to answer questions that often are in confilct with economic theories and models. For example, how is that in today's globalized economy that small - family farms survive; Why an agronomist is not able to promote an innovation in rural areas ? These and other similar questions rural sociology addresses. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. understand the rapidly changing social environment of the countryside in which they are going to operate as scientist - practitioners . 2. understand which society will adopt or not and why, the various rural development policies 3. understand the transformations that occurred in the rural community and the farming profession 4. help solve the problems facing the rural economy by adopting a sociological view 5. understand the relationship between the rural and the urban 6. understand what hinders social change in rural areas 7.nderstand what causes rural conflicts
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Introduction to Rural Society and Rural Sociology. Defining and understanding the Rural. Social- rural restructuring. From peasants to contemporary-modern rural society. Historical review of the rural society in Greece. Sociological approach to assets (land, labour, capital, management) . Urbanization and counter-urbanization: return to the countryside. Mobilities in the countryside. Social representations of the city and the countryside. The rural as a place of consumption. Rural conflicts. Natural resources and society. Social change and rural movements. Food and the relationship of the city with the countryside (urban agriculture, peri-urban agriculture, community vegetable gardens, local production systems & Community Supported Agriculture). Poverty and social exclusion in rural areas.
Keywords
Rural Sociology, countryside, rurality, urban, social construction, social capital, trust, mobility, gender, poverty, exclusion, imigrants
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Description
Use of Power Point, use of URL for up- loading notes, directions and communicating news to students
Course Organization
ActivitiesWorkloadECTSIndividualTeamworkErasmus
Lectures
Fieldwork
Reading Assigment
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities
Project5
Written assigments5
Total10
Student Assessment
Description
100% written exams OR optionally: 40% written exams and 60% one idividual assignment and one group project to be shared during the semester of the course. Applies only to the spring semester. The themes of the assignments can be found / are given only during the class as an integral part of what is presented, discussed and arises depending on the current issues rural society is facing.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
Bibliography
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. ΓΕΩΓΡΑΦΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΥΠΑΙΘΡΟΥ. ΔΙΑΔΙΚΑΣΙΕΣ, ΑΠΟΚΡΙΣΕΙΣ & ΕΜΠΕΙΡΙΕΣ ΑΓΡΟΤΙΚΗΣ ΑΝΑΔΙΑΡΘΡΩΣΗΣ MICHAEL WOODS ΚΡΙΤΙΚΗ (2011) ΑΘΗΝΑ [ΚΩΔΙΚΟΣ: 7657864] 2. ΑΓΡΟΤΙΚΗ ΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΟΛΟΓΙΑ Γ.Δαουτόπουλος, Λ.Καζακόπουλος, Μ.Κούση ΖΥΓΟΣ (2007) ΘΕΣΣΑΛΟΝΙΚΗ [ΚΩΔ. 1732}
Additional bibliography for study
1. Ανθοπούλου Θ., Μωυσίδης Α., (Επιμ.), 2001, Από τον αγροτικό χώρο στην ύπαιθρο χώρα (Συλλογικός τόμος), Εκδ. Gutemberg, Αθήνα. 2. Δαμιανάκος Σ. (Επιμ.), 1987, Διαδικασίες κοινωνικού μετασχηματισμού στην αγροτική Ελλάδα, Συλλογικός Τόμος, ΕΚΚΕ, Αθήνα. 3. Δαμιανάκος Σ., 2002, Από τον χωρικό στον αγρότη, Εκδ. Εξάντας – ΕΚΚΕ, Αθήνα. 4. Κασίμης Χ., Λουλούδης Λ. (Επιμ.), 1999, Ύπαιθρος Χώρα, Συλλογικός Τόμος, Εκδ. Πλέθρον, Αθήνα. 5. Μωυσίδης Α., Ανθοπούλου Θ., Ντυκέν Μ., 2002, Οι ηλικιωμένοι στον αγροτικό χώρο, Εκδ. Gutemberg, Αθήνα. [for ERASMUS students] Rural Geography. Processes, Responses and Experiences in Rural Restructuring. Michael Woods SAGE 2005. ISBN 0 7619 4760 4
Last Update
08-10-2015