|Module Title||PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Alister Scott|
|Assessment||Exam||Visitor survey Practical followed by examination. Outcomes asessed: 3, 4, 5||50%|
|Report||Community report Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 5||50%|
For students to understand the countryside they must be aware of the various people who impact upon it. At its most simple these can be reduced to the visitor and resident. Both groups have distinct needs, impacts and interactions from the countryside resource which must be identified and managed. The dynamic nature of these relationships regarding the visitor and resident within a rural community is examined with particular reference to spatial and temporal changes that have occurred.
Identify and describe the components of a rural community
a. The relevance of the rural community to countryside management is understood
b. The resources and services within a community are identified
c. The interactions and conflicts within communities are identified
d. The organisations involved in rural communities are identified
Resources and Services: People, Transport, Social, Economic, Commercial, Educational, Recreational
Community: Selected Mid Wales rural community and countryside management projects
Organisations: Top Down -Bottom up; Statutory/Non Statutory, Voluntary
Examine the issues that impact upon and affect rural communities
a. The opportunities facing rural communities are identified and described
b. The threats facing rural communities are identified and described
c. Rural polices and their resulting impacts upon rural communities are identified
Issues (opportunities/threats) - Quality of life, economic, social ,environmental, recreational
Policies: European- National - Regional - Organisational - local - Agenda 21
Identify the impacts of recreation in the countryside
a. Physical impacts of people recreating in the countryside are identified
b. Conflicts caused by people recreating in the countryside are identified
c. The benefits of people using the countryside for recreation are identified.
Physical effects - erosion, congestion, pollution, noise , landscape
Conflicts:- wildlife, communities, conservation, land uses, development, access
Benefits:- economy, recreation, tourism, understanding, experiential
Identify the factors that influence people's use of the countryside for recreation.
a. The physical factors that attract people to the countryside are identified.
b. The personal factors that attract people to the countryside are identified.
c. The managerial tools used in countryside recreation are identified.
Physical factors:- landscape, habitats, access, safety, activities
Personal factors :- health, relationships, confidence, safety, preferences
Managerial tools :- information, interpretation, countryside furniture, marketing, parking
Identify the survey methods available to investigate rural communities and countryside recreation.
a. The process of designing a survey is understood and applied.
b. The questionnaire survey is understood and applied
c. Techniques used to gather and analyse survey information are identified and applied.
Techniques Qualitative/ Quantitative:- Audits, questionnaire survey, informal