Rural Development

KHVGarant předmětu: doc. Mgr. Helena Hudečková, CSc.

Detail předmětu

Typ předmětu:
Zařazení do semestru: 8.
Hodin přednášek/semestr: 28
Hodin cvičení/semestr: 14
Zkouška: písemná a ústní
Předpoklady:economics, methods of social reserach
Popis, cíl a formy výuky:The objective of the course unit is to educate the experts for rural development. They should be skilled to apply theoretical knowledge provided by social sciences (mostly economics and sociology) in concrete strategies and projects of rural development in order to make this development sustainable (economically profitable, environmentally friendly and socially acceptable). That is why the course unit aims at understanding the role of people in this development (for them the development is implemented and they are involved in its implementation). It also promotes the skills to use human and social capital in rural development. Framed into the concept of integrated endogenous rural development, the students acquire the knowledge and the skills about the possible solutions of unacceptable (cummulative) rural-urban inequalities. The course unit is realized in lectures and seminars. While the lectures are of theoretical background, the seminars are of practical nature and require active participation of students based on materials they learned during their out-of-class preparation. The multimedia tools and examples of actual problems of rural development (as they were found by department members during their research) are exploited for the seminars.
The course unit starts from outlining the frames of rural development form the point of view of social sciences. It refers to the issues rural space (the countryside in the space) and the issues of the change in the countryside, incl. its development (the countryside in time). Also the theoretical backgrounds of social sciences are explained. Students are educated to apply these backgrounds in the practice of rural development (during seminars), especially as for the use and support of human and social capital. The core issue addressed is the questions of rural-urban inequalities and inequalities among various rural regions. That is why the reasons of inequalities are explained and different ways of their solutions are presented. To achieve this goal, the model of integrated endogenous development is used as the base of modernization strategy, which also aims at supporting rural specificities and maintaining its original character. The economic, environmental, political, social and cultural dimensions of this model are explained. The course unit also addresses the issue of multifunctional agriculture as one of the crucial elements of contemporary rural development. The course unit is based on concrete principles and content of regional policy and common agricultural policy (incl. rural development) in EU and in the Czech Republic.

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