Analysis of the historical, social, religious, economic and cultural dimensions of the Amish. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 5520.
Focuses on demographic issues in rural settings and related environmental issues, with an emphasis on population change and migration in the context of conflicts, disaster, and resource based development. Prereq: 6-9 cr hrs taken in RurlSoc, Sociol, or related social science, or Grad standing. Not open to students with credit for 744.
Overview of sociological principles, theories and research in the evolution of international development and globalization practices, objectives, and policies. Contemporary issues in development and globalization. * Sp Sem (even years). Prereq: Grad standing. Not open to students with credit for 892.
Examines the sociological significance of 'rurality' and the conceptual perspectives applied to major substantive areas in rural sociology, such as community, environment, and agriculture. * Au Sem (odd years). Prereq: Grad standing. Not open to students with credit for 742.
Theoretical foundations of rural community development; contemporary community development issues; change processes, strategies, and practices. * Sp Sem. (odd years). Prereq: Grad standing. Not open to students with credit for 888.
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.
Sociological approaches to the study of environmental policy. Analysis of major issues relating to the use and abuse of natural resources and pollution. Prereq: Grad standing. Not open to students with credit for 766.
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.
Overview of sociological theory and research related to agricultural change and food system development, focusing on individual, family, farm, community and environmental impacts. Au Sem. Prereq: 6 units in RurlSoc, Sociol, or related Social Sciences, or Grad standing, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 733.
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.