Module Identifier RS31410  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Professor Peter Midmore  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite RS21410  
Assessment Group project     100%  

Aims of the module
This module is intended to provide a framework of understanding which integrates economic, business, agricultural, forestry and environmental issues relating to rural resource management, predominantly through teamwork projects and presentations, outside speakers, colloquia and study tours as appropriate

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students should able to:

(i) apply a range of academic disciplines to the analysis of a rural resource management issue;
(ii) have developed teamwork skills in the framework of analysis and description of a contemporary rural resource management
(iii) be able to identify the issues involved in, policy approaches appropriate to, and institutional structures governing the socio-
economic and natural systems of the countryside;
(iv) identify possible future developments in these issues;
(v) be able to identify their own strengths and weaknesses in teamwork and participate effectively under pressure in joint problem-
solving activities.

Syllabus / Curriculum design
This module begins with four introductory lectures and briefings which describe the topic selected for intensive study. Students then work in groups of between five to seven members, in conjunction with a supervisor, to complete a written report: each report is then presented in a seminar at the end of the module.

Reading Lists
Cloke P and Little J. (1990) The rural state? Limits to planning in rural society. Oxford: Clarendon
Gilg A W. (1991) Countryside planning policies for the 1990s. CAB International
Norton-Taylor R. (1982) Whose land is it anyway? Agriculture, planning and land use in the British countryside.. Turnstone Press
(1995) Tomorrow's countryside: a rural strategy. London: Royal Town Planning Institute.
Traill-Thomson J. (1995) Rural futures: issues for the forthcoming rural White Paper, Discussion paper 243, Agricultural Economics Unit, University of Exeter. University of Exeter