Contemporary Issues in Rural Land Management
- Module code
- Module leader
- Katherine Foot
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 150 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 40 hours
- Teaching period
- Semester 1
This module focuses on contemporary issues that affect the owners and occupiers of rural land and property and those who live and work in the countryside. This might include food security, energy security, global issues affecting the agricultural sector, the rural economy, conservation of the environment, heritage management, the land and property markets, provision of housing and services in rural areas, public access to the countryside, the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change for rural businesses, and the role of rural land and property management in delivering sustainable development. These issues will be set within their policy context and their implications for those involved in rural land management will be considered.
The module will also look at current research in relevant topic areas by including lectures by research active staff within the University and appropriate outside speakers. This will include consideration of the relationship between research and policy formulation.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Access and critique information from a range of sources.
- Analyse and evaluate primary data relating to a rural contemporary issue, and present the analysis in an appropriate form.
- Contribute to the debate about rural issues and their implications for the owners and occupiers of rural land and property and those who live in the countryside.
|Coursework||Thematic qualitative assessment||40%|
|Examination||Unseen exam (3 hours)||60%|
Students should be familiar with the content of the following:
- Cooper, T., Hart, K. & Baldock, B. (2009) Provision of public goods through agriculture in the European Union [online]. Institute for European Environmental Policy. Available from: [Here] [Date accessed: 26/09/16] (Although the whole document is lengthy, the executive summary gives a good introduction to public goods.)
- Commission for Rural Communities (2011) The rural big society. Commission for Rural Communities.
- Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (2010a). Foresight: Land Use Futures: Making the Most of Land in the 21st Century [online]. Department for Business Innovation and Skills. Available from: [Here]
- Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (2010b). Foresight: Global Food and Farming Futures [online]. Department for Business Innovation and Skills. Available from: [Here]
- Department for Communities & Local Government (2011) A plain English guide to the Localism Act: update [online]. HM Government. Available from: [Here] [Date accessed: 14.8.13]
- Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2013) Payments for ecosystem services: a best practice guide [online]. Defra. Available from: [Here] [Date accessed: 14.9.13