Rural Poverty and Development

Modular value: 20 credits
Teaching: The module will be delivered using a range of methods such as videos, interactive presentations, case studies and student presentations.

Module convenor: Robert Leurs

The aim of this module is to critically evaluate a number of rural development policy interventions, in the context of the various definitions and perceived causes of rural poverty.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction (causes of rural poverty and evolution of practice)
  • Land policies and the poor
  • Agricultural markets and trade
  • Basic needs approaches
  • Microfinance
  • Social safety nets
  • Migration
  • Technological transformation
  • Natural resource based livelihoods
  • Globalisation and rural poverty

By the end of this module, students should be able to:

  • Understand and critique different definitions of rural poverty
  • Articulate different causes of rural poverty
  • Critically evaluate a number of different rural poverty policy interventions
  • Describe a number of different rural poverty policy interventions
  • Articulate the possible impacts of globalisation on the rural poor


  • The assessment of the module will consist of two 3000 word essays, each worth 50% of the total module mark.

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