Are you a student with a Major, Minor and/or internship in Rural Sociology/Rural Planning/Rural Development? Then we offer the possibility for a 2 week intensive experience in Slovakia. With an international group of students from various European countries (a.o. Portugal, Poland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Lithuania, Slovenia) you will work out a case study about the Role of agricutlure in territorial identity and competitiveness of rural areas in Slovakia. You will acquire knowledge about rural development through lectures and field trips as well as experiencing working in an international diverse group with various background knowlegde. The programme will take place near Nitra (Slovakia) from 18-30 April. Travel and subsistence costs will be reimbursed by the programme. Are you interested? Please contact Els Hegger (firstname.lastname@example.org).
General content of the IP in Slovakia
The students will get the first two days lectures related to the bigger structures around the villages that take into account the territorial identity. After this two days, students will be divided into 6 smaller groups, and each group will visit a village during 3 days. In order to have fluent contacts, each group will consist of a Slovak student who takes care of translation etc.
In the villages, the students have to take contact with local government, farmers, members of organisations etc. in order to identify the territorial identity of the studied village. Students will get a guide in advance, but it is their task to ask for the right questions in order to unravel this territorial identity. Students need to be innovative, active, inquisitive and enquiring to fulfill the tasks. The students will sleep in these villages. After these 3 days, they get back to the big group and work on first presentation.
After these presentations, groups will be reformulated, new groups consist of at least one member from each previous village group. Each new group focuses on a specific topic in a transversal analysis: that topic is studied over the different villages, and the group presents these result on the last day, followed by a general discussion. The 6 topics which groups have to focus on, will be further developed, including the relation of agriculture with the rest of the economy, the environment, the social cohesion (with farmers, with rest of village), tourism etc.
In the second week, students analyse the information related to specific village in combination with output of the study trips for whole group and all the information gathered during lectures on first and second day of the IP.