Module: Contemporary Issues in Rural Land Management

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Jonathan Code
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    36 hours

Module content

The module focuses on developing students’ understanding of contemporary issues that are of relevance to rural land and property. Through considering a range of sources including academic research, government sources, media, and professional publications, as well as participating in in-class activities, students are encouraged to engage with a range of perspectives on these issues and develop their understanding of the implications of them for the owners, occupiers, and managers of rural land and property, as well as for wider society, the economy, and the environment. The topics addressed will vary depending upon the prevailing contemporary issues at the time however could include, for example, the implications of significant government policy changes (for example, those relating to Brexit), underlying societal issues (for example, housing pressures) or evolving technological aspects (for example, the implications of technological advances for rural businesses).

Module outcomes

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

  1. Identify contemporary issues which are of relevance to rural land and property
  2. Access and critique information from a range of relevant sources of informed opinion
  3. Produce a literature review relating to a relevant contemporary issue which evaluates the implications of that issue for the owners, occupiers and managers of rural land and property and for wider society, the economy, and the environment


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework 3,000 word review paper on a relevant contemporary issue 100%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

  • Cottrell, S. (2019). Macmillan study skills: the study skills handbook. (5th ed.). London: Red Globe Press
  • Hopkins, D. & Reid, T. (2018). Sage study skills: the academic skills handbook. London: Sage Publications Ltd.
  • Oliver, P. (2012). Succeeding with your literature review: a handbook for students (open up study skills). Maidenhead: Open University Press McGraw-Hill Education.
  • Ridley, D. (2012). Sage study skills: the literature review: a step-by-step guide for students. (2nd ed.). London: Sage Publications Ltd.

Students studying the module will also be directed to relevant online resources, for example:

  • Academic peer-reviewed papers available through Find it @RAU
  • Professional journals / research (for example, available through the RICS website)
  • Media sources
  • Web-based sources, for example the UK Government’s website