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The main objective is to enable students to develop an understanding of the principal processes that underpin the restructuring of agricultural production and the formulation of rural development policies and strategies.
This module explores contemporary issues in rural geography in both Ireland and Europe. The module examines the main drivers of change affecting rural areas and the how our understanding of the ‘rural’ has changed over time. Particular attention will be given to existing and emerging challenges for rural areas and the role of public policies, both at European and national levels. Specific thematic areas addressed will include the changing role of agriculture, urban-rural relations, rural poverty and strategies for rural development.