Module Identifier GG36920  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Michael J Woods  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours 10 x 2 hrs  
  Seminars / Tutorials   2 Hours 1 x 2 hrs  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours A 2 hour seen final exam paper, answering 2 questions from 4. All elements of the assessment must be completed to obtain a pass mark based on the aggregate performance.50%
Semester Assessment A consultancy report coursework assignment of 2500 words = 40% and a contribution to a roleplaying debate = 10%. Standard IGES policy on the late submission of work will apply to the coursework assignment. All elements of the assessment must be completed to obtain a pass mark based on the weighted aggregate performance.50%
Supplementary Assessment Resit: For a condoned non-completion of examination or submission of a 1000 word short essay on the topic of the debate. The full range of marks on dates set in the Supplementary Examination period. Resit due to aggregate failure or non-completion of part of the assessment requires re-examination of each component if marks of <40% in both were obtained, or re-examination or re-submission of the failed component (examination or assignment(s) to obtain a maximum mark of 40% for the module). Resit due to failure or non-completion or participation in the role-playing debate will involve the submission of a 1000 word short essay on the topic of the debate. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students should be able to:


This module aims to examine the contemporary political process in rural areas and its historical development. It seeks to critically analyse contemporary rural politics, drawing on a range of social and political theories which will be discussed in the context of empirical examples.


1. Introducing rural politics: the myth of the apolitical countryside

The Evolution of the Rural Power Structure
2. Property, paternalism and power
3. Contemporary rural local politics
4. Rural governance
5. Rural policy
6. Contesting rurality
7. Agricultural politics
8. Hunting and field sports
9. Debate
10. Houses, roads and travellers
11. Rurality and Nationalism

Reading Lists

J. Murdoch & T. Marsden (1994) Reconstituting Rurality London: UCL Press ISBN 1-85728-645-6
M. Winter (1996) Rural Politics London: Routledge ISBN 0-415-08176-9
P. Cloke & J. Little (1990) The Rural State Oxford: Oxford University Press
H. Newby, C. Bell, D. Rose & P. Saunders (1978) Property, Paternalism and Power London: Hutchinson

M. Mormont (1983) The emergence or rural struggles and their ideological effects International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 7, 559-575.


This module is at CQFW Level 6