Course Information
TitleΑΓΡΟΤΙΚΗ ΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΟΛΟΓΙΑ / RURAL SOCIOLOGY
CodeΝ122Ε
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
SchoolAgriculture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CommonYes
StatusActive
Course ID420001842

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
600142999
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
  • Distance learning
Erasmus
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • Italian (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
An agronomist in the field of agricultural economics, must be able to answer questions raised in contradiction with major economic theories and models. For instance how can one explain the fact that in a globalized economy small farms are still surviving? Why there is only a handful of women heads of agricultural cooperatives? what is the role of immigrants in rural economy? What strategies does the rural family develop towards social reproduction? The objectives of this course are-upon completion of the course students will be able: 1) to understand the socio-historical circumstances that led to contemporary types of farms in Greece 2) to understand major socio-economic transformations in rural societies and farming profession 3) to answer to contemporary problems within a farm through the lens of social studies 4) to understand the major rural sociological theoretical perspectives dealing with the causes and consequences of poverty in rural areas 5) to analyze causes and consequences of social stratification & gender inequality in the rural 6) to develop critical skills in evaluating the theoretical and methodological approaches in rural sociology
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
Course Content (Syllabus)
The subject of the course concerns the understanding of the rapidly changing social environment of the countryside and the transformations that the agricultural-livestock profession undergoes (farmers' identities) but also the rural community itself. By adopting the look and tool stock of the social sciences (theories and empirical research) we try to understand the factors that hinder social change in the countryside, to interpret the reasons for the conflicts around different claims of the concept of rurality etc. The course begins with Introduction to rural Society & rural Sociology, the evolution of rural society in Greece (The Agricultural Issue and the Great Agricultural Reform), the examination of agricultural production factors in the light of social dimensions (land access, land grabbing and biofuels, exploitation of land workers / migrants, social inequalities and access to capital). Gender issues in agriculture. We continue with issues of social sustainability and resilience of modern rural societies, addressing issues of poverty and social exclusion, global social movements around food and resources, but also practical outlets (social innovation) through the concept of Multifunctionality and rural rural areas (agritourism, protection of the environment and culture, etc.). The course concludes with issues related to the Social Representations of the countryside (connection with food marketing), the relationship of the city with agricultural values ​​and the role of food cultivation as a tool for the sustainability of modern cities (Urban agriculture, alternative agri-food networks & Socially Supported Agriculture).
Keywords
Social transformation, Social Reproduction, Migrants, women, poverty, diversification, family, elderly, succession, homelessness
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Description
Use of Power Point, use of URL for up- loading notes, directions and communicating news to students https://elearning.auth.gr/course/view.php?id=7900
Course Organization
ActivitiesWorkloadECTSIndividualTeamworkErasmus
Lectures391.4
Fieldwork130.5
Reading Assigment361.3
Tutorial130.5
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities60.2
Written assigments301.1
Exams30.1
Total1405
Student Assessment
Description
α. choice: final exams (100%) β. choice: 4 tasks (25%+25%+25%+25%) Last task has an oral presentation For the elaboration of the assignments there are explicitly defined evaluation criteria which are described during the lectures and are posted on the course website https://elearning.auth.gr/course/view.php?id=7900 Clarifications for assignments, instructions, and feedback etc. are given during lectures.
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)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (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, ΔΑΟΥΤΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ, Γ., ΚΑΖΑΚΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ, Λ. & ΚΟΥΣΗ, Μ. (2007). ΕΚΔΌΣΕΙΣ ΖΥΓΟΣ ΑΘΗΝΑ [ΚΩΔ. 1732]
Additional bibliography for study
Ανθοπούλου Θ., Μωυσίδης Α., (Επιμ.), 2001, Από τον αγροτικό χώρο στην ύπαιθρο χώρα (Συλλογικός τόμος), Εκδ. Gutemberg, Αθήνα. Δαμιανάκος Σ. (Επιμ.), 1987, Διαδικασίες κοινωνικού μετασχηματισμού στην αγροτική Ελλάδα, Συλλογικός Τόμος, ΕΚΚΕ, Αθήνα. Δαμιανάκος Σ., 2002, Από τον χωρικό στον αγρότη, Εκδ. Εξάντας – ΕΚΚΕ, Αθήνα. Κασίμης Χ., Λουλούδης Λ. (Επιμ.), 1999, Ύπαιθρος Χώρα, Συλλογικός Τόμος, Εκδ. Πλέθρον, Αθήνα. Μωυσίδης Α., Ανθοπούλου Θ., Ντυκέν Μ., 2002, Οι ηλικιωμένοι στον αγροτικό χώρο, Εκδ. Gutemberg, Αθήνα. Παπαδόπουλος Α. (Επιμ.), 2004, Η ανάπτυξη σε μια πολυλειτουργική ύπαιθρο, Εκδ. Gutemberg, Αθήνα. Κοβάνη, Ε. (1995) Αν γεράνου φωνήν επάκουσης. Νέοι και κοινότητα. Εθνικό Κέντρο Κοινωνικών ερευνών . Κ.Σαφιλίου, Α.Γ. Παπαδόπουλος. (2004) Οι μικροί γεωργοί στην Ελλάδα. Ποιοι θα επιβιώσουν και πώς. Gutenberg Εθνικό Κέντρο Κοινωνικών Ερευνών for erasmus students: Sociologia Ruralis http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/soru.2013.53.issue-1/issuetoc Journal of Rural Sociology http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ruso.2012.77.issue-4/issuetoc Επιθεώρηση Κοινωνικών Ερευνών http://ejournals.epublishing.ekt.gr/index.php/ekke/issue/archive
Last Update
21-01-2021