Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 3 x 1 hour lectures per week
Other 1 x 3 hour workshop
Other 1 x 3 hour visit


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assignment  Outcomes assessed: 1, 2  50%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3  50%
Supplementary Assessment Candidates will be required to re-take the element(s) of assessment that resulted in failure of the module 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

Outcome 1
Identify and describe the systems and processes by which the countryside is governed

Outcome 2
Identify and explain the contemporary rural issues as they impact upon the countryside.

Outcome 3
Select and apply suitable techniques to survey the rural resource.


This module aims to introduce the student to the contemporary social issues that affect the countryside, the organisations involved in the management of the countryside and the systems and processes by which it is governed and regulated. Contemporary issues include the concept of community and the issues that affect communities, the nature and impacts of recreation and tourism in rural areas and social exclusion. Organisations that will be considered as part of this module range from Government, Government departments and agencies, local authorities, the voluntary sector and pressure groups. The role and function of the law and its impact on governance will also feature as a theme. The module considers the methodological approaches that can be taken to surveying the rural resource. The nature of the subject matter demands an integrated approach and the module seeks to make linkages between issues, organisations and governance.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Lectures will contain a variety of numeric information about contemporary rural issues
Communication Oral discussion will be encouraged throughout the module
Improving own Learning and Performance Developed through the assignment
Information Technology Developed through the assignment - searching for information in the library and on the web. Word processing of assignment
Personal Development and Career planning This module will be very helpful in developing an awareness of the organisations that operate within the countryside.
Team work Addressed within the assignment and through group work in classes

Reading List

General Text
Cabinet office (2000) Sharing the Nation's prosperity: Economic, Social and Environmental conditions of the countryside Cabinet Office, London Primo search Department of the Environment (1995) Rural England: a nation committed to a living countryside Department of the Environment Primo search Derounian J (1993) Another Country: Real life Beyond Rose Cottage Primo search Dwyer J, and Hodge, I (1994) Countryside in Trust: Land management by conservation, recreation and amenity organisations Wiley Primo search Glyptis S (1991) Countryside recreation Longman Primo search Newby H (1985) Green and Pleasant Land Primo search Rawcliffe, P (1998) Environmental pressure groups in transition Manchester University Press Primo search Sharpley, R (2002) Tourism and leisure in the countryside Elm Publications Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4