Module Identifier GG36920  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Dr Michael J Woods  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   18 Hours 9 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 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
  2. Property, paternalism and power
  3. Contemporary rural local politics
  4. Rural policy
  5. Rural governance
  6. Rural conflicts and countryside protests (1)
  7. Rural conflicts and countryside protests (2)
  8. Agricultural politics
  9. Defending the middle class countryside
  10. Hunting - Role playing debate

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
M. Woods (2005) Contesting Rurality:Politics in the British Countryside Aldershot: Ashgate 0-7546-3025-0
H. Newby, C. Bell, D. Rose & P. Saunders (1978) Property, Paternalism and Power London: Hutchinson

M. Woods Decontsructing rural protest: the emergence of a new social movement, Journal of Rural Studies, 19, 309-325
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