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The Global Rural: Network Approaches to Global-Local Relations
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5387-21-05-31There are no available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 20/12/2020
Date and time03.02.2021, at: 08:00 - 16:00
Regular seats20
ECTS credits4.00
Contact personViktorija Weders√łe    E-mail address: vw@ign.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserNiels Fold    E-mail address: nf@ign.ku.dk
Written languageEnglish
Teaching languageEnglish
Scheme group note-

Scientific content:
Moving beyond the study of tangible linkages between particular rural and urban areas, the course explores how global dynamics, migration and legacies of rural and urban planning and change are connecting rural and urban transformations in specific ways. The course will critically examine the academic literature, and discuss the relevance of different research designs and methodologies to be applied in studies of rural-urban transformations.

This PhD course explores the globalisation of rural spaces. It focuses specifically on how contemporary research tries to capture the interconnectivity between rural space and global trends. Rural spaces will be explored via a focus on land use, livelihoods and socio-political reconfiguration resulting from a mix of global and local realities, practices and imaginaries. The research approaches to globalization covered by the course will be global value chain, telecoupling, and social network research. The course will introduce the three approaches and discussions of similarities, differences, and cross-fertilization between them will constitute a central aspect of the course. Based on a mix of lectures, panel, group and plenum discussions, the course will facilitate this process by explore three key challenges shared by the three approaches.

The first challenge concerns how to define a unit of analysis within a globalized world. Spatial and temporal coverage of research will be discussed and issues related to saturation and context will be in focus. The questions of how, when, and where to delimit a network, a relation, or a system, will structure this exercise and facilitate discussions on how to make the study of globalization in individual PhD projects feasible as well as methodologically and theoretically sound. The PhD students will be asked to share their own choices and reflections concerning their unit of analysis.

The second challenge concerns causal inference when linking local and global processes. What is required to make a causal claim in global value chain, telecoupling, and social network research? Are there critical theoretically as well as methodologically synergies and differences between the approaches in this regard? Dealing with a combination of trade, information, technology, people, policies and/or discursive networks and flows, questions concerning how to meaningfully compare and contrast these for causal inference in the three approaches will also be explored.

The third challenge concern how to work within a specific research field while being aware of related bodies of literature, and how, when and why to engage with other research domains? The participants will be asked to critically reflect upon how their chosen field of research, be it telecoupling, social network, or global value chain, differ from, engage with, reject, critique, or ignore the other two approaches during the course as well as in a written assignment.

The written assignment will be introduced during the course. It should consist of max four pages to be handed in one month after the course finish. The PhD course will also touch upon how to write the individual PhD project’s synopsis, or introduction. A set of readings will be provided prior to the course and it is expected that the participants read this as preparation.

Guest lecturers:

Professor Jonas Østergaard Nielsen, Department of Geography, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Senior lecturer Örjan Bodin, Department of Systems Ecology, Stockholm University

Assistant professor Mark Vicol , Rural Sociology Group, Wageningen University

Professor Rachael Garrett, Department of Humanities, Social and Political Science, ETH Zûrich

Teachers from Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen:

Professor Ole Mertz

Associate professor Marianne Nylandsted Larsen

Professor Niels Fold

Learning outcome
This PhD course equips students with the necessary skills to identify similarities, differences and possible cross-fertilization between different approaches to globalization processes

Teaching and learning methods
The course is organized as a three-days course to take place from February 3 to February 5 2021. The course will be held at IGN - Section of Geography , Oester Voldgade 10, 1350 Copenhagen K.

Pre-course readings and writing is expected. The assessment will be based on the quality of the written and oral presentations and active participation in the course. Students who pass will earn 4 ECTS.

Lectures, seminars, group work and paper presentations/discussions/feedbacks constitute the various forms of learning processes applied throughout the course. Students will therefore be required to present their own work and engage in debates and discussions.

The pedagogic approach is to stimulate independent creative thinking capacity and develop.

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