Rural Development

KHVGarant předmětu: prof. PhDr. Michal Lošťák, Ph.D.

Detail předmětu

Typ předmětu:
Zařazení do semestru: 2.
Hodin přednášek/semestr: 28
Hodin cvičení/semestr: 14
Zkouška: písemná
Předpoklady:economics, methods of social reserach
Popis, cíl a formy výuky:The aim of the course unit is to present to the students the theoretical fundaments influencing concrete practical strategies of rural development. This task addresses especially the social dimension of rural development in its projecsiotn to sustainability. They are the fundaments through which the students get the knowledge about practical procedures in designing concrete development strategies. The subject also aims to understand the role of social, cultural, economic and natural factors in rural development because they are the core of the integrated sustainable endogenous rural development. The students also become familiar with the ways of solving the rural inequalities and the rural-urban inequalities as these ways are applied in the Czech Republic, EU and in world. The course unit is organised in lectures and seminars. While the lectures are of more theoretical type, the seminars are more practical. Through the participation in the seminars the students using their knowledge from lectures and from literature studied design various suggestions (projects) concerning rural development. They solve tasks given by a teacher or discus outlined topics. For the work during the seminars the multimedia are used with elaborated and prepared problems of development in rural municipalities found by department members during their research. The course unit starts from outlining the backgrounds of sciences dealing with rural development, which influence practical measures related to rural development (the issues space /rural/ and time /development and sustainability, modernization/). The issues of urbanisation and rural-urban relations, including their features in contemporary globalised world are discussed as well. The course unit also refers to the evaluation of projects/programmes and aims students to be skilled in finding their goals, outputs, results and impacts (incl. measurable indicators in the social area). The core of the course unit is in the question of inequalities. Therefore the reasons of rural-urban inequalities are explained and various ways of solving these disparities are outlined. To do it, the concept of integrated endogenous development as a background of contemporary rural development strategy is highlighted in its economic, environmental, political and social and cultural dimensions. The students are trained to be skilled in the identification of social and cultural potentials of development (e.g. social capital) in different regions and to know how to use these potentials. All these ideas are framed into principles of regional policy of the Czech Republic and EU, in its relation to the rural areas.

Kmenová literatura

1Rural Development in Europe: the EU LEADER Programme Reconsidered (papers edited and introduced by Christopher Ray) 2000. Sociologia Ruralis 40 (2): 163-227.
2Falk, I. Kilpatrick, S. 2000. What is Social Capital? A Study of Interaction in a Rural Community. Sociologia Ruralis 40 (1): 87-110.
3Buttel, F.H. 2001. Some Reflections on Late Twentieth Century Agrarian Political Economy. Sociologia Ruralis 41 (2):165-181.
4Librová, H. 1994. Pestří a zelení (kapitoly o dobrovolné skromnosti). Brno: Veronica a Hnutí Duha - English appendix
5Nešpor, Z.R. 2006. 'The son has ploughed', but a foreign son. Five case studies on transformation strategies in Czech agriculture after 1989. Sociologický časopis – Czech Sociologi
6Bryden J. 2006. From Leader I to Leader+ and beyond to the Leader axis. Leader+ Magazine 6: 8-12. European Commission. Available on line at
7Improving Living Conditions and Quality of Life in Rural Europe. 2004. EU Conference, Westport, Ireland
8Dwyer, J. and Findeis, J. 2008. Human and Social Capital in Rural Development – EU and US Perspectives. EuroChoices 7 (1) 38 – 45
9Fox, J. and Gershman, J. 2000. The World Bank and social capital: Lessons from ten rural development projects in the Philippines and Mexico. Policy Sciences 33 (3 - 4) 399 – 419
10Putnam R. 1993. Making Democracy Work: Civic Tradition in Modern Italy. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Doporučená Literatura

1Living Coutrysides: rural development process in Europe: the state of art (edited by Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, Ann Long, Jo Banks). Doetinchem - NL: Elsevier bedrijfsinformatie bv.
2Lowe, P. 2000. The Challenges for Rural development in Europe. Pp. 19-31 in Conference Proceedings (5th European Conference on Higher Agricultural Education): “From Production Agri
3Blanc, M (ed). 2003. Innovations, Institutions and Rural Change. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities.
4Douwe van der Ploeg, J., Renting, H. Minderhound-Jones, M (eds.). 2000. The Socio-Economic Impact of Rural Development: Realities and Potentials. Sociologia Ruralis 40 (4): 391-543
5Pahl, R. 1968. The Rural Urban Continuum. Pp. 263-297 in Readings in Urban Sociology (edited by R.E. Pahl). Oxford: Pergamon Press Ltd.
6Hudečková, H. and Lošťák, M. 2008. LEADER in the Czech Republic and the farming sector. Agricultural Economics 54 (12) 555 – 565