This Diploma was developed by the Centre for Co-operative Studies and the Department of Food Business and Development in co-operation with the NUI colleges Galway, Dublin and Maynooth. It is offered by the Department of Food Business and Development. Dr. Michael Ward is the academic director of the course and Ms. Mary O'Shaughnessy is the co-ordinator.

This two year programme is a unique collaborative venture between the NUI colleges and is targeted at people who intend to work full-time in rural development activity as development animateurs, rural planners or project management specialists.

The aims of the course include:

  • To enable participants to develop a broad-ranging knowledge of the theoretical field of rural development and assist them in critically appraising the various policies, strategies and approaches in the field.

  • To train participants in the planning and management of rural development activities particularly in aspects of community/area analysis.

  • To introduce students to a diversity of strategies in combating social exclusion in rural areas.

Course Details

The Diploma in rural development is a two year course. It is offered through eleven (11) modules of learning. Students attend 11 two-day workshops along with two inter-university seminars over the two years.

Module 1: Introduction to Rural Development

Module 2: Socio-economic aspects of Rural Development

Module 3: Socio-economic community/area resource audits

Module 4: Community and Rural Development through groups

Module 5: Choosing and setting up a rural development related organisational structure,

Module 6: Marketing for rural enterprise,

Module 7: Business planning and stimulating rural enterprise

Module 8: Interpersonal communications, leadership and group work skills

Module 9: Designing and managing an Area Development Plan

Module 10: Inter-organisational partnerships and the role of support agencies

Module 11: Social exclusion and equality issues in rural development

The diploma entails

  • 220 hours tutorial/workshops;

  • 280 hours home based learning;

  • 100 hours fieldwork.

Assessment is based on written work submitted as part of home-based distance learning, participation in workshops, fieldwork project and report.

For further information contact:

Ms. Mary O'Shaughnessy
Course Co-ordinator,
Centre for Co-operative Studies,
University College Cork,
Cork,
Tel: +353 (0)21 4903355,
Email: mary.oshaughnessy@ucc.ie

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