Rural Sociology

Social Impact Assessment

This course provides students with a broad understanding of the fundamental history, concepts, methods, and theories of Social Impact Assessment (SIA) as part of environmental policy and regulation in both US and International contexts. Students are exposed, via scholarly articles, case studies and projects, to existing SIAs from across the US and the world and how quality SIAs are performed. Prereq: Jr, Sr, or Grad standing, or permission of instructor.

Rural Poverty

Evaluation of the factors which create and maintain poverty and inequality, with focus on the rural U.S., developing nations, and the comparative analysis of spatial inequalities. * Sp Sem (odd years). Prereq: 15 cr hrs in RurlSoc or related social sciences, or Grad standing. Not open to students with credit for 666.

Diffusion of Innovations

Examine the sociological processes involved in disseminating new ideas and technologies in U.S. and developing nations. Assess the consequences of new technologies for communities, households, and individuals particularly in rural contexts. Au Sem. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 562 or 662.

Social Groups in Developing Societies

Contemporary struggles and experiences of rural social groups in the 'Third World' in the context of development and globalization; emphasis on grassroots initiatives and resistance movements. Au Sem. Prereq: 3 cr hrs in RurlSoc, Sociol, or a related social science, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 378. GE soc sci indivs and groups and diversity global studies course.

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