Academic year 2016/2017 Syllabus of previous years
Course code ET2023 (AF:213800 AR:103776)
Modality On campus classes
ECTS credits 6
Degree level Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code AGR/01
Period 1st Term
Course year 3
Course objectives
Rural areas are home to more than half the world’s population and policy makers are often required to define rural (or urban) in order to apply public policies. The concept can be a bit ambiguous and vague: rural is an inexact term that can mean different things to different people (green space, agriculture, marginal, low population density, etc.). The need for a clearer definition has encouraged international and national agencies policy makers to create more detailed definitions. Generally, the methodologies for territorial classification aim at the goal of acquiring new knowledge related to the identification of geographical areas more or less homogeneous, and specific issues on which to converge in an effective policy interventions in territorial development. Rural development emerged as a distinct focus of policy and research in the 1960s and gained full momentum in the 1970s, as observers increasingly realized that, whilst economic growth and industrialization were important, rural areas and rural development had important and different roles to play in a country's development. The course aims at describing and analyzing the methodologies for territorial classification and identification, the evolution of the rural development concept with regard to the adopted multi sectorial and territorial strategies and policies at the international, community and national level. Therefore the course will critically consider the instruments, the procedures, the financial resources and the reached or expected results of specific case studies in developing and developed countries.
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1. The different concepts of rurality;
2. Delimitation of rural areas: methodological approaches;
3. Roles and the functions of the public institutions and international organizations;
4. Strategies, approaches and processes for the rural development (bottom up and top down approach);
5. The adopted programmes in rural areas and their impact on welfare of the population,
6. 8. Case studies.
Referral texts
FAO-World Bank (2009) The evolution and Impact of EU Regional and Rural Policy
George W. N., Alwang J., William A. Masters W.A. (2015) Economics of Rural Development World Food Systems and Resource Use, 3rd Edition, Routledge
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  • Course with sustainable contents
  • University credits of sustainability: 2
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book