Module Identifier RS22210  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Alister Scott  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite RS12110  
Assessment Assignment     60%  
  Exam   2 Hours   40%  

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.

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

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.

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