RDEV40050 Economics and Sociology in Rural Development

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module introduces students to the fundamental social and economic dimensions of the development process in both an Irish and a global context, with particular reference to the inter-linkages between the different components of development. It critically examines the conceptualisation and measurement of economic and social development and reviews the theoretical underpinnings of a range of development paradigms. The disciplines of sociology and economics are used to address issues such as sustainable development, globalisation, poverty, trade and debt, culture, community organization and power in order to understand development/underdevelopment

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students should- Be able to critically assess the concept of development from an economic and social perspective - Understand the key paradigms and schools of thought on development and how they differ from one another - Be able to apply insights from the disciplines of sociology and economics to the key issues impacting on the economy and society of contemporary developing economies -Understand the role of developed countries' policies and institutions on the economy and society of the developing world

Indicative Module Content:

Meaning and Measurement of Economic and Social Development
Theoretical Perspectives on Economics and Sociology of Development
Key Policy Issues in the Developing World - An Economic Perspective, A Sociological Perspective

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
A variety of methods will be used, online lectures, private study, group exercises and student presentations 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: End of semester assignment Week 11 n/a Graded No


Essay: Essay based on selected topics Week 9 n/a Graded No


Group Project: Group Work based on assigned material Week 5 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

For the essay and final assignment, individual feedback will be given to students within 20 days of assignment. For the group component, feedback will be given to the group immediately post assessment and peer review will also be used.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Monica Gorman Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Tues 09:00 - 12:50