|Module Title||SUSTAINABLE RURAL COMMUNITIES|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Ioan Fazey|
|Course delivery||Lecture||1 x 2 hour lecture per week|
|Lecture||1 x 1 hour seminar per week|
|Practical||4 x 3 hour practicals per semester|
The module has relevance to students interested in working with local communities to achieve social, economic and environmental objectives. It therefore has direct relevance to students studying courses such as Tourism, Countryside management, Sustainable Rural Development.
The module is structured around the main assignment where students will learn a range of analytical skills to help them appreciate and manage the complexity involved in rural community development.
Specifically, the module aims to develop: understanding of the principles and theories of working with communities in a rural context; appreciation of the tools, mechanisms and interpersonal skills required to work effectively with rural communities; understanding of the complexities of defining problems and implementing projects in communities; and development of more effective critical analytical and interpersonal skills for working with rural community development.
|Problem solving||Students will be required to analyse, define and suggest solutions to real-world problems|
|Research skills||Students will learn interview skills and other techniques for evaluating community problems and initiatives|
|Communication||Students will develop their communication skills through interview and group work.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Students will necessarily be required to develop critical thinking skills to deal with the complexity of community-based development|
|Team work||Much of the practical work will be based on working in groups, and students will have the opportunity to improve their inter-personal skills.|
|Information Technology||A range of IT skills will be developed, including the use of appropriate packages to articulate the complexities in development work.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Students will be learning practical skills as wells as theoretical knowledge. Many of the skills developed in the course have specific relevance to careers in community management and development.|
This module is at CQFW Level 5