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  • 5 to 10 students
  • Up to 3 lecture units
  • English, Shqip

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Instruction file

Legal aspects of rural development through traditional products 2 (Part 2)(Resource ID: 381)

The teaching resource outline Rural Development (Part 1, 2 and 3) describes the draft of a teaching resource consisting of 3 parts, that has been developed to encourage students to look at the effect globalization is having on rural areas, the students will meet with local residents to see the challenges they face daily and try to create a plan to overcome these challenges. Students will play an active role in encouraging rural development in local areas, creating a more stable economy and optimize the quality of life for those living in the area, thus dealing with the economic and social pillar of sustainability. These teaching resources will incorporate but are not limited to the following methods: • One Problem – Different Points of View • Interview • Researching • Focus Group • Discussion • A Mini Enterprise Project The teaching set describes three independent teaching resources, which are designed to be completed one after another (but not necessarily), these include: 1. One Problem – Different Points of View 2. Interview with Local Residents and a Focus Group with Stakeholders 3. A Mini Enterprise Project Rural Development (Part 1, 2 and 3) is based (and slightly modified) on the Teaching Resource, “Legal aspects of rural development through traditional products.” The original teaching resource was split into several parts to make it easier to introduce new ideas and teaching methods into lectures, to further develop the learning styles of each of the students and thus enhance their overall learning experience. All parts do not need to be completed.

 

Part 2 – Interview with Local Residents and a Focus Group with Stakeholders

Each group of 6 from part 1, will interview local residents in the areas they read about in the newspaper article. They will ask them what they feel they need in the area, and what they have done to overcome the challenges in the area. Each group will then present the challenges faced by local residents to the local politicians, afterwards they will have a focus group meeting with stakeholders i.e. local politicians and government officials, where they will try to campaign for each local area and ask the stakeholders what they will do help the residents.

Main Text:

Albania is a small country with low levels of development in rural areas. The development of these areas is  key to succeed in improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people living in these areas.

The teaching resource aims to bring to the attention of the students issues related to the development of rural areas. Rural development is the process of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people living in relatively isolated and sparsely populated areas. Rural areas are facing major challenges today which arise mainly from globalization, demographic changes and the rural migration of young people. Policies for rural areas aim to contribute in recognising and making use of its strengths and opportunities.

These teaching resources give students the opportunity to look closely at the living conditions in the rural areas and the challenges they face on a daily basis. Together, the students and local residents will try to encourage development in these areas by having discussions with local stakeholders, and presenting what they feel is urgently needed by the local residents.

Integration of Social Stakeholders
Stakeholders (Politicians and government officials) will play an active part in this teaching resource, as they participate in the focus group and will also meet with students and residents to attempt to source funding for the local enterprise project.
Strength
• It elaborates an important problem for rural development in Albania
• It makes the students think about a problem and how to resolve it
• It gives the student the basic idea of rural sustainable development through the support of production and marketing of their enterprise projects
• Mutual learning for students and business stakeholders
Weakness
• The refusal of the stakeholders to provide funding for the enterprise projects
• Stakeholders may ignore students and residents’ recommendations
• Difficult to visit all the local areas and get feedback from residents
Learning Outcomes
• Create a list of the needs of the local residents
• Present the challenges faced in rural areas to the stakeholders
• Participate in a focus group with the stakeholder
Relevance for Sustainability
• It is directly related to the protection and development of rural areas
• It encourages students think about globalization and its challenges
• The students will work directly with stakeholders to encourage them to carry out developments in rural areas
Related Teaching Resources
No specific previous knowledge / related resources required
Preparation Efforts
Low
Preparation Efforts Description
Arranging of stakeholders to visit the University and arrangement of visit to local rural areas.
Access
Free
Assessment
N/A
Credit/Certification Description
N/A
Sources and Links

Original Teaching Resource - http://sustainicum.at/en/modules/view/344

 

Funded by
This teaching resource, realised within the project ConSus, has been funded with the support of the TEMPUS of the European Union. The contents reflect the views of the authors, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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Contact

Samantha Prior
samantha.prior(at)ul.ie
This teaching resource is allocated to following University:
UL - University of Limerick
Institution:
University of Limerick
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Teaching Tools & Methods

  • Mini-project
  • Field study
  • Written material