Module: Introducing Environmental Conservation and Heritage

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Ian Grange
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    100 hours
  • Contact hrs

    30 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 1

Module content

The module will take the form of a short study tour to enable the student to see at first hand the challenges facing the environmental conservation, wildlife and heritage sectors, while at the same time acting as a bonding exercise for year 1 students to encourage a team ethos. In this manner, the students will begin to develop an awareness of the range of issues, the principles of sustainable development, the ecosystem, the importance of heritage and their own personal perspective on these sectors. It will also include an element of study skills, in particular, those of scientific writing in preparation for future report writing.

As an introductory module, it will principally focus on context and change within the sector from 1945 and the underlying socioeconomic drivers. The aim is to provide the student with a clear understanding of the terminology and background, giving them a framework from which to build into their other programme modules. In this manner, the students will be introduced to:

  1. The legislative framework and its associated acronyms, international, national and regional impacts.
  2. The role of Government, the Statutory Agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations and their evolution in the light of societal change.
  3. The effects of changing land use on the natural environment and rural heritage and the perception of landscape as a feature of changing social and economic conditions.
  4. The context of the RAU University Farms and links to conservation and heritage.

Module outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate awareness of the scale and rate of change within the sector, alongside the economic and social drivers, and their impact on land use and ecosystems/ rural heritage, both now and in the future.
  2. Understand the legislative framework governing environmental/ heritage conservation and site designations and the roles of GOs and NGOs. Institutions.
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with the RAU University Farms and local sites and their broad management objectives.
  4. Give a short presentation, supported by a short essay written in the approved style and correctly referenced using the Harvard Referencing System


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Presentation (10 minutes) 30%
Coursework Essay (2000 words) 70%

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the following:

  • Grant, J., Gorin, S. and Fleming, N. (2008). The archaeology coursebook: An introduction to themes, sites, methods and skills. 3rd Edition, Routledge.
  • Green, B. (1996) Countryside conservation: Landscape, ecology, planning and management. 3rd ed. E and FN Spon, London.
  • Rackham, O. (2003) An illustrated history of the countryside 2nd ed. Orion Publishing 

Supporting texts