Module: Land Related Studies

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    William Leschallas
  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    60 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 1

Module content

This module introduces students to the many and diverse ways in which land is utilised especially within the rural economy. The student will gain a broad understanding of how these are inter-related and the many considerations for sustainability, practical management, and providing employment and career opportunities this brings. Contemporary issues that affect rural and land based activities will be explored from the many viewpoints of stakeholders, and students will have an opportunity to investigate how their own particular interest in rural land use would be impacted by current and proposed recommendations. Such viewpoints will include political, social, economic, environmental, technological and public perception. During this module students will be introduced to the skills of evidence selection and use. Students will have an opportunity to practise reasoning skills.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Describe and illustrate how contemporary issues affect land use
  2. Compare and contrast differing stakeholder viewpoints based on current evidence within an identified case study
  3. Develop concise arguments relating to topical issues


Assessment Description Weighting
Examination Short answer exam including case study 100%

Key texts

McConnell, P. and Soffe, R.J. (2003). The Agricultural Notebook (20th Ed). Blackwell Science.

Practical Woodland Management book by Chris Starr

John Nix Farm Management Pocketbook. Graham Redman. Annual Publication. Agro Business Consultants [Melton Mowbray]. Current edition.

Lewis,K., Tzilivakis, J., Warner, D., and Green, A. (2018) Agri-environmental management in Europe: sustainable challenges and solutions – from policy interventions to practical farm management. Sheffield: 5m Publishing

Agricultural Law and Valuations: Williams, R.G. (2008) Agricultural valuations: a practical guide. 4th edn. EG Books

Parsons,G. (2005) Property Handbook, Estates Gazette, London