2023-2024 / GEOG0222-3

Rural geography


30h Th, 30h Pr, 2d FW

Number of credits

 Bachelor in geography : general6 crédits 


Serge Schmitz

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

1) Rural Geography, agriculture, sustainable rural developement, rural utopia 2) Rural landscape analysis. From the landscape features to the rural system Rural housing and settlement, Land morphology, cultivation system, Diversity of rural landscape features in Europe and in the World 3) Belgian countryside a) Retroacts b) Town and countryside interconnections c) Rural development d) Belgian Agriculture (Regional diversity and mains challenges, CAP) 4) The forest a) Production and transformation of wood b) Multifunctional forest 5) Exotic agriculture a) French viticulture b) Agriculture in Africa or in Central America 6) Nature conservation National and regional parks, protected areas, ecological network, Natura 2000 7) Rural tourism

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

1) Familiarizing the student with the countryside and its recent evolutions 2) Connecting the biophysical features, the land property and the land use in rural analysis 3) Articulating the local and regional constrains with the international constrains 4) Using different kinds of sources and methods (cartography, statistical data, interviews, remote sensing,etc) 5) Making a Poster presentation 6) Discrible, Analyse and Explain spatial distribution

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

- Notions of statistics, data bases, biology, pedology, economy and regional geography - Elementary geographical vocabulary - Map and satelite image interpretation - Good physical condition (field works)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures, Readings, Discussion, Role playing games, Interviews, Map analysis, Data analysis, Fieldworks and Poster presentation.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The course will be given face-to-face during the first semester.

Hybrid mode possible if the situation requires it

Recommended or required readings

Barcus H., Jone R., Schmitz S., 2022. Rural Transformations, Globalization and Its Implications for Rural People, Land, and Economies, Routledge, 264p.

Schmitz S., 2018. Géographie rurale, Liège : Université de Liège, Facultés des sciences, 80p.

Van Hecke E., Antrop M., Schmitz S., 2010. Agriculture et Monde rural, Atlas de Belgique, tome 2, Gent : Academia Press, 82p.

Woods M., 2011. Rural, Oxford : Routledge, 340p.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

Exercises and Field works (2/5); Oral exams (3/5).

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Serge Schmitz
Université de Liège - Institut de Géographie - Sart Tilman - Bât. B11 - Bureau 1/41
Phone: 04/366.56.29  E-mail : S.Schmitz@uliege.be

Lauriano Pepe (Assistante)
Université de Liège - Institut de Géographie - Sart Tilman - Bât. B11 - Bureau 1/44
Phone: 04/3665265

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