Module: Countryside & Environmental Management

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Ian Grange
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    40 hours

Module content

This module identifies and considers a range of contemporary countryside issues. These issues reflect the variety of demands placed upon the countryside and whilst not all these demands are necessarily detrimental, they contribute to the complexity of factors at play. It is expected that students will gain an overall appreciation of not only the individual issues, but also their interaction with other issues. Throughout the programme, the various countryside issues are considered from practical/ technical/ operational standpoints, using actual examples as demonstrated through desktop study work and field trips.

Each issue topic is delivered using the same model, first describing the development and changes that have occurred to the issue topic in the past, as they currently stand, with sustainability assessments and how these issue topics might develop/ change in the future, based on best available evidence.

Whilst assignments are specific to the choice of the individual student, other students will be exposed to the topic area in more depth via their colleagues’ presentations.

Module outcomes

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

  1. Review and critically evaluate the scale and the rates of change that have happened to some key countryside/ land management issues and how these have been driven by economic and social factors.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the actual and potential effects that countryside management practices have on the triple bottom line (economic, social, environmental) and to identify opportunities provided by this e.g. mitigation of greenhouse gases.
  3. Justify the value of monitoring and evaluating changes within the countryside environment that result from changes in management practices and to use this information to test the efficacy of countryside/ land management and associated policy/ legislation.
  4. Critique and discuss the potential future countryside management practices that may be required in response to climate change, energy shortages, food security demands etc.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework 1 x ‘literature review’ in the form of a real-world grant application (1500 words). 40%
Examination 1 x 2 hour unseen exam 60%

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

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the following:

  • Soffe, R. (2005) The Countryside Notebook. Blackwell Publishing.
  • Bosworth, G. and Somerville, P. (eds.) (2014) Interpreting Rurality: Multidisciplinary Approaches. Routledge.
  • Garrod, G. and Whitby, M. (2005) Strategic Countryside Management. Elsevier.
  • Reid, C.T. (2009) Nature Conservation Law (3rd Edition). Thomson Reuters.
  • Prag, P. (2013) Renewable Energy in the Countryside (3rd Edition). Routledge.
  • Bishop, K. and Phillips, A. (eds) (2004) Countryside Planning: New Approaches to Management and Conservation. London: Earthscan.
  • Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (2009). Countryside Survey: England Results From 2007. NERC.
  • English Heritage (2007). Heritage Counts: The State of England's Historic Environment. English Heritage.
  • Hall, C.M. and Page, S.J. (2006) The Geography of Tourism and Recreation: Environment, Place and Space (3rd edition). Routledge.
  • Houghton, J. (2009) Global Warming: The Complete Briefing (4th edition). Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
  • Rackham, O. (2003) Illustrated History of the Countryside. Weidenfield and Nicholson Ltd.
  • Rotherham, I.D. (2015) The Rise and Fall of Countryside Management: A Historical Account. Earthscan from Routledge.