Rural Sociology

Population, Place and Environment

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.

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.

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.

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.

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