Study programmes / B-AGE Agricultural Engineering / Rural sociology
Course code:RUSO
Course title in language of instruction:Rurální sociologie
Course title in Czech:Rurální sociologie
Course title in English:Rural sociology
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (5 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 2/2
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:master
Semester:WS 2018/2019 - FA
Name of lecturer:Ing. Veronika Peřinková (instructor)
Ing. Martina Urbanová (instructor)
doc. RNDr. Antonín Vaishar, CSc. (examiner, lecturer, supervisor)
Prerequisites:to study at faculty AF
Aims of the course:To gain the ability of theoretical reflexion of problems, connected with environmental, demographical, economical, social and cultural characteristics of rural regions a communities in present process of the European integration and globalization is the main aim of the subject. To get the ability of the analytic evaluation of the consequences of the mentioned problems for activities of the manager in the rural space and to adopt an ability to choose and organize persons suitable for useful solution of thge mentioned problems are another aims.
Course contents:
1.Introduction to sociology (allowance 8/8)
a.Introduction to sociology (characteristics, subject, methods)
b.Selected sociological concepts and their definitions
c.Sociological streams and their representants
d.Methodology of sociological investigation

2.Rural sociology: countryside in traditional and modern society (allowance 16/8)
a.Rural sociology: characteristics, subjects, methods
b.Agricultural enterprise, collectivization, privatization and their impact on contemporary countryside
c.Rural social groups, rural family, gender
d.Social and human capital in the countryside. Creative classes
e.Culture and education in the countryside. Religion. Role of media
f.Politics, administration and management in the countryside
g.Quality of life. Leisure and the countryside
h.Current urbanization processes and the countryside. Social characteristics of small towns as centres of rural microregions

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to analyse and synthesize
-ability to communicate with professionals in different field of study
-ability to organize and plan ahead

Specific competences:
-Ability to adopt to choose and organize persons suitable for solution of social questions in the specific countryside
-Ability to apply the consequences of the mentioned problems into managerial activities in the rural space
-Ability to evaluate impacts of contemporary social processes in rural regions and communities
-Ability to fit the mentioned processes in contemporary trends of European integration and globalization

Type of course unit:required
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:Active participation in seminars (2 absences maximum) and elaboration of an essay is the precondition for granting the credit. The examination has the oral form. Fot its successful completion, answering at least the 60 % of the alloted question is necessary. The activity in seminars could be taken into account for the evaluation.
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture28 h
     practice36 h
     field work4 h
     consultation2 h
     preparation for exam40 h
     preparation for regular assessment10 h
     writing of seminar paper20 h
Total140 h

Basic reading list
  • HUDEČKOVÁ, H. -- LOŠŤÁK, M. Sociologie I.: (úvod do sociologie a sociologie venkova). 3rd ed. Praha: Credit, 2000. 93 p. ISBN 80-213-0592-4.
  • GIDDENS, A. Sociologie. 1st ed. Praha: Argo, 1999. 595 p. ISBN 80-7203-124-4.
  • MAJEROVÁ , V. Sociologie venkova a zemědělství. Praha: Credit, 2000.
  • MAJEROVÁ, V. Český venkov 2000. Základní údaje. Praha: Credit, 2000.
  • MAJEROVÁ, V. Český venkov 2001. Instituce. Praha: Credit, 2001.
  • MAJEROVÁ, V. Český venkov 2002. Podniky a podnikání. Praha: Credit, 2002.
  • MAJEROVÁ, V. et al. Český venkov 2006: sociální mobilita a kvalita života venkovské populace. 1st ed. V Praze: Česká zemědělská univerzita, Provozně ekonomická fakulta, 127 p. ISBN 978-80-213-1631-7.
  • HEROVÁ, I. -- MAJEROVÁ, V. et al. Český venkov 2008: proměny venkova. 1st ed. V Praze: Česká zemědělská univerzita, Provozně ekonomická fakulta, 187 p. ISBN 978-80-213-1911-0.
  • URBAN, L. Sociologie trochu jinak. Praha: Grada, 2011. 271 p. ISBN 978-80-247-3562-7.
  • ŠUBRT, J. Soudobá sociologie VI (Oblasti a specializace). Praha: Karolinum, 2014. 402 p. ISBN 978-80-246-2558-4.
  • DISMAN, M. Jak se vyrábí sociologická znalost: příručka pro uživatele. 4th ed. Praha: Karolinum, 2011. 372 p. ISBN 978-80-246-1966-8.
Recommended reading list
  • KANDERT , J. Každodenní život vesničanů středního Slovenska v šedesátých až osmdesátých letech 20. století. Praha: Karolinum, 2004.
  • MAJEROVÁ, V. Český venkov 2003. Situace před vstupem do EU. Praha: Credit, 2003.
  • MAJEROVÁ, V. Tři české vesnice. Srovnání. Praha: Credit, 2001.
  • KELLER, J. Úvod do sociologie. 5th ed. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2004. 204 p. ISBN 978-80-86429-39-7.
  • BLAŽEK, B. Venkovy: anamnéza, diagnóza, terapie. Brno: vyd. ERA, 2004. 184 p. ISBN 80-86517-90-X.