Module Identifier RS22210  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Alister Scott  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite RS12110  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours   40%  
  Assignment     60%  

Aims of the module
To assess the impacts on rural communities and to evaluate the mechanisms for working with rural communities and community groups to achieve defined goals.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will be able to

i) evaluate the funding mechanisms available for community development;

ii) evaluate the techniques to achieve successful community involvement and development

iii) assess the legal and moral issues impacting upon the rural 'other'

iv) evaluate the relevance of sustainable development to rural communities

Syllabus / Curriculum design
The theory of community involvement and action is identified, together with a range of techniques used for evaluating community initiatives. The pioneering work of Francis and Henderson (see reading list) is examined in some detail. Examples are presented of community involvement and action in the rural environment from practitioners. Students evaluate the funding mechanisms available for community development through the completion of a grant application exercise in conjunction with a rural community.

Reading Lists
Francis, D and Henderson, P. (1993) Working with rural communities. Macmillan
Francis, D and Henderson, P. (1993) Rural action. Pluto Press
Jones N. (1992) Living in rural Wales. Gomer Press
Aaron J (ed). (1994) Our Sisters' Land - the changing identities of women in Wales.. University of Wales Press
Champion T and Watkins C (ed). (1991) People in the Countryside. Paul Chapman
(1990) Faith in the countryside. Churchman Publishing