Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
9102065442008Sustainable Rural Development Policies and IndicatorsElective128
Level of Course Unit
Second Cycle
Objectives of the Course
At the end of this course, students will learn fundamental concepts and theories of sustainable rural development policy and will be equiped with information and skills that is necessary to analyze the rural development indicators they will be able to analyze the rural areas and projects; its problems through use of rural development indicators.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Assist. Prof.Dr. Sevtap GÜMÜŞ
Learning Outcomes
1Ability to cooperate in multi-disciplinary projects involving sustainable rural development project.
2To gain economic, social, environmental indicators that have the ability to analyze
3Turkey within the framework of rural development policies of economic, social and environmental indicators to gain the ability
4To be able to evaluate and interpret Economic, social, environmental, rural development indicators,
5To understand and analyze the rural areas, rural problems and sustainable rural development.
6To have the necessary skills for rural development policies and strategies in different countries.
7Capacity to serve as a consultant or to take position in rural development project.
8To gain the analytical perspective enabling sustainable rural development problems and effective decision making.
9To have the ability to bear responsibility
10To be able to evaluate and interpret the situation in the rural sector and social, economic and environmental problems
11To have knowledge about internal and external factors that affects rural development indicators nternal and external factors,
12To dominate the terminology of rural development indicators,evaluation and analysis,
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
Recommended Optional Programme Components
Course Contents
It is especially focused on fallowing issues: • An overview of sustainable rural development issues and policies in the some Contries. • Knowledge on the aspects currently identified as a key for development in rural areas in its orientation to the sustainable development. • An introduction to rural development indicators on the basis of current projects. • Criteria on the usefulness of different indicators according to particular objectives of rural programmes. • Practical experience on how to develop, use and evaluate indicators. • Evaluation of indicators: Practical work • Discussion of the topics covered along the course from the viewpoint of Turkey • Use of indicators to evaluate sustainable development in rural areas : Examples of EU, OECD countries and Turkey Projects
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
1Introduction to the scope and the importance of the course, and the recommended text books. basic concepts of rural development
2The basic fields of study and practice of rural development objectives
3Basic concepts of sustainable rural development and the relationships between rural development and other disciplines
4In some countries, the rural development policy objectives, strategies and policies are implemented
5Rural development indicators, the definition, scope and characteristics, as internal and external factors affecting
6social and economic indicators for rural area
7Key features of Agri-environmental indicators
8Midterm exam
9Social, economic and environmental indicators related to rural development in the country samples (Spain, France, Italy, Greece, etc.).
10Assessment Indicators: Case Study
11On rural areas, social, economic and environmental analysis of rural development indicators
12Evaluation of Turkey's national rural development strategy.
13Sustainable rural development indicators: analysis by selected EU projects.
14Sustainable rural development indicators: analysis by selected OECD projects.
15Sustainable rural development indicators: analysis by selected Turkey projects
16Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
BRYDEN J., HART, K.,2006, A New Aprpoach to Sustanible Rural Development in Europe, The Edwin Melen Pres. BRYDEN J.,2002, Rural Development Indicators and Diversity in the European Union, Economic Research Service,Washington D.C. CAMPLING,P., 2006, Agri-environmental Indicators, Basılmamış Notlar,Begium. CAMPLING,P., 2006, Indicators:Approach and methods, SADL, Belgium. CENA, F.,2006, El Desarollo Rural Sostenible,Departemento de Economia, Sociologia y Politica Agraria, Cordoba-Sapain. DPT.,2010, Ulusal Kırsal Kalkınma Stratejisi,Ankara. GUIRAL,J.,2006, Programas de Desarollo Rural 2000-2006,Espana. HAY,K.,2001, Rural İndicators and Rural development, European Unioun. GÜNAYDIN,G.,2010,Tarım ve Kırsallkıta Dönüşüm,Tan kitaepevi, Ankara. OECD, 1994, Creatin Rural İndicators, Paris. OECD,1994, Territorial Indicators of Employment. Focusing on Rural Development, OECD, Paris. OECD,1998, Creating Rural Indicators for Shaping Territorial Policy, OECD, Paris. REFSGAARD,K., 2006,Rural Development Indicators, Basılmamış Notlar. ROYUELA, M.,A.,2006, Aproximacion a los Indicadores Ambientales:Conseto y Caracteristicas Basicas. MOSELEY, J.M.,2003,Rural Development: Principle and Practice, London: Sage. OZKAYA ve Diğ.,2002,GAP -Bölgesel Kalkınma İdaresinin Sürdürülebilir Kırsal Kalkınma, Planlama Ve Yatırımların Geliştirilmesinde Kapasitesinin Geliştirilmesi Projesi, Yüceli Bölgesi Alan Çalışması Raporu,Mardin.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
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Language of Instruction
Work Placement(s)
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Attending Lectures14228
Project Preparation12525
Individual Study for Mid term Examination12424
Individual Study for Final Examination12424
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