Module Identifier RS35710  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Alister Scott  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Professor Peter Midmore, Dr Timothy Jenkins  
Course delivery Lecture   16 Hours 8 x 2 hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   2 Hours 1 x 2 hours  
  Practicals / Field Days   3 Hours 1 x 3 hour visit  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours   100%  

Brief description

This module assesses the potential for a sustainable British countryside. Politicians, countryside agencies, the planning system and specific countryside projects all now purport to endorse sustainable development. This is critically examined and assessed utilizing contemporary economic, social and environmental research with respect to the theory and practice of sustainable development.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Evaluate the principal discourses associated with sustainable development

2. Assess the efficacy and relevance of sustainable development to countryside issues and agendas

3. Evaluate the implementation of sustainable development in theory and practice

Syllabus / Curriculum design

This module investigates the theory, implementation and impacts of sustainability within a British context. The countryside is chosen as the focus of the module and is examined with respect to social, economic and environmental considerations. This is an integrative module which should appeal to final year students of biology, geography and rural studies.

Reading Lists

Bell S and Morse S. (1999) Sustainability indicators. Earthscan
(1995) Rural England: a nation committed to a living countryside. Department of the Environment
(1999) Better quality of life - a strategy for sustainable development for the UK. Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. HMSO
(1997) International sustainable development research conference. Proceedings. ERP Environment, W Yorkshire
(1996) A working countryside for Wales. HMSO
(1996) Local agenda 21 planning guide - an introduction to sustainable development. International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives
Selman P. (1996) Local sustainability: managing and planning ecologically sound places. Paul Chapman
(1994) Sustainable development: the UK strategy. HMSO

Scott A J. (1998) The contribution of forums to rural sustainable development: a preliminary evaluation. Journal of Environmental Management 54: 291-303

Web Page/Sites
(1995) Rural Scotland. People, prosperity and partnership.
(1998) Powys County Council.\english\community\agenda21\default.htm
(1999) 1_e.htmWelsh Assembly