SOC226 Rural Sociology (8)

This subject provides an introduction to the sociological study of rural places, and the everyday lives of people who live and work in rural areas. Through specific emphasis on Australia, the subject examines the diverse meanings attached to the rural, the influence of different ideas and policy approaches in shaping the social and economic structure of rural areas, and the challenges and prospects for rural people and places in a globalising world. The subject will be of particular relevance to students who intend to work in non-metropolitan settings.


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SOC226. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to recognise the processes, institutions and policy approaches that shape the social organisation of rural life.
  • Be able to explain the implications of social and environmental change for rural people and places.
  • Be able to understand the different frameworks through which sociologists and human geographers make sense of rural places and issues.
  • Be able to demonstrate skills in the written presentation of an argument, including the ways in which sociologists incorporate and acknowledge the ideas of other writers.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Locating 'the Rural'
  • Rural Economies and Livelihoods
  • Rural Communities - Restructuring and Renewal
  • Globalisation, Risk and the Governance of Rural Spaces

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: February 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.