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Rural Livelihoods in the Global South, F8017 • Lecturer: Grace Carswell • Teaching Block 2 (Spring-Summer) • 3rd year course • 30 credits • Assessment: 7000 word learning diary • Seminar group usually between 20-30 • Capped at 30 • Lots of group work; varied seminar structure • Reading groups
Considers the varied nature of rural livelihood systems in developing countries. • livelihood change, diversification and migration • interconnectedness of the global and the local in causing change in rural societies. • Explores the impact of different agents of change on livelihoods: • non-governmental organisations, • impact of modern biotechnology • effects of trade on livelihoods. • Draws primarily (though by no means exclusively) on evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa and India.
Previous years’ topics have included: • From peasants to livelihoods • Agriculture and livelihoods: the role of modern biotechnology • Rural change and mobility: migration and livelihoods • Rural change and social relations: gender and caste • Globalisation: trade and livelihoods • Fair-trade and ethical trade: who wins? • Agents of change: NGOs and rural livelihoods • Rural livelihoods: Evolving policy processes • Understanding livelihoods: research methodologies & participation