Module: Rural Policy and Implementation

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Katharine Foot
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    45 hours

Module content

In general, the module aims to establish the range of rural policies that are likely to influence rural estate management and to examine the opportunities that they offer and the constraints that they impose. Particular emphasis will be placed on the implementation of policy and its impact on the operational activities of rural estate managers. The detailed subject content will be informed by the prevailing policy issues at the time of delivery; however, in broad terms will comprise areas such as food production, international trade issues and the Common Agricultural Policy; sustainable development; localism; climate change; energy; rural recreation and tourism; water; rural economies; housing in rural areas and rural heritage, in addition to addressing the development and evolution of rural policy.

Module outcomes

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

  1. Critically evaluate the impacts of, and the influencing factors in, the evolution of rural policy.
  2. Critically evaluate the impacts of current government policy, for rural land and property management, the rural economy, environment and society.
  3. Synthesise knowledge and understanding of policy drivers to forecast future policy change and initiatives and the likely implications.
  4. Write a literature review on a rural policy area which critically evaluates and synthesises the relevant literature.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework 1 x literature review 50%
Examination 1 x 3 hour unseen exam 50%

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

Key texts

Due to the continually evolving nature of the subject matter in this module, published sources tend to date too quickly – hence there is no ‘set text’ for this module. However, students are expected to familiarise themselves with the policy areas and initiatives detailed in the website below:

  • Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs website (Land Management, Rural Grants and Payments, and Water Topics)

Further reading relating to specific topics will also be provided throughout the module.