Course code Soci2049

Credit points 4

Rural Sociology

Total Hours in Course160

Number of hours for lectures32

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes32

Independent study hours96

Date of course confirmation29.04.2014

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developer

author Sociālo un humanitāro zinātņu institūts

Ženija Krūzmētra

Dr. geogr.

Prior knowledge

Soci1014, General Sociological Theory

Soci2047, Qualitative Research Methods

Soci2048, Quantitative Research Methods

Course abstract

Rural Sociology as subbranch of Sociology focuses on the study of rural society, political and socioeconomic transformation of the impact on rural development, changes of rural environment (economic, social, natural environment) as Latvia`s rural development in the context of European rural development.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge and understanding of the rural economic, social, political, environmental transformations at the global, regional and local scale, rural sociological research.
Skills to analyze and evaluate the various of rural change and rural development scenarios.
Competence to synthesize knowledge and skills and used in various governmental and other institutions dealing with rural development and different groups of society.

Compulsory reading

1. Hillyard S. The Sociology of Rural Life. [elektroniskais resurss] New York: Berg, 2007. 203 p. E-grāmata. [Pieejama tiešsaistē LU tīklā]. Pieejams:
2. Handbook of Rural Studies. Ed. by Cloke P., Marsden T., Mooney P. London: SAGE, 2006. 511 p.
3. Moseley M. Rural Development: Principles and Practice. London: SAGE, 2003. 227 p.
4. Gittel R., Vidal A. Community Organizing: Building Social Capital as a Development Strategy. London: SAGE, 1998. 206 p.

Further reading

1. Carolan M. The Sociology of Food and Agriculture. London: Routledge, 2012. 336 p.
2. Woods M. Rural Geography. London ; Thousand Oaks ; New Delhi : SAGE Publications, 2005. 330 p.
3. Weber M. The Agrarian Sociology of Ancient civilizations. London : New York: Verso, 1988. 421 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Rural Sociology. European Society for Rural Sociology. Online ISSN 1549-0831.
2. Sociologia Ruralis. European Society for Rural Sociology. Online ISSN 1467-9523
3. Journal of Rural Studies. Publishedd by Elsevier Science. 2010-2011. ISSN:0743-0167