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Environment and Sustainable Development Unit (ESDU)
 
MS in Rural Community Development (RCODE)

 

The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences offers an interdepartmental Graduate Program, hosted by the Environment and Sustainable Development Unit, leading to the degree of Master of Science (MS) in Rural Community Development‚Äč (RCODE, thesis or non-thesis).

Graduates of the program will gain knowledge to improve prospects of rural development and build their capacities in community development to better design, manage, follow up, evaluate, and monitor the projects either in the public or private sector locally, regionally, and internationally.

The program combines theoretical and experiential courses from the university at large. The MSc in Rural Community Development focuses on:
1) The major theoretical and conceptual approaches to Rural Development
2) The elaboration and implementation of sound rural development policies and projects
3) The capacity of conducting research in the social, economic, political and environmental dimensions of Rural Development
4) The qualitative and quantitative instruments of social enquiry to effectively pursue studies in Rural Development

The core program emphasizes community and participatory development, rural and agricultural policies, agrarian change, gender issues, social analysis of communities, environmental transformations, design and planning, program development and non-profit management, and community action research and skills for community change.

Elective courses provide the desirable flexibiltiy to enhance the breadth of the program and its multi-disciplinarity from registered programs at the FAFS and other faculties. Such courses allow specialization in environmental and natural resource management, community nutrition and food security, project planning, sustainable agriculture, communication and development, community health. [more] The credit requirements for both thesis and non-thesis options are tabulated below. [more]
Read more about the admission requirements for the RCODE program.

Core courses: number and name 

 

Non-thesis Option Credits

 

Thesis Option Credits

 

RCOD 341 Rural Community Development, Theory and Practice

3

3

RCOD 342 Qualitative Methods for Rural Community Development

4

4

RCOD 343/ AGRL 301 Quantitative Methods/ Statistical Methods

3

3

RCOD 344 Practicum

4

4

RCOD 304 Project/Tutorial

3

0

RCOD 399 Thesis

0

6

RCOD 305 Seminar

1

1

Total core credits (including courses and project or thesis) 

18 

21 

 

Elective credits from FAFS

 

9

 

6

 

Elective Credits from AUB at large

 

6

 

6

 

Total credits required for graduation

 

33

 

33

 

 

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