Module Identifier GG36020  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Robert A Dodgshon  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours 20 x 1 hour  
  Seminars / Tutorials   2 Hours Seminar. 2 x 1 hour seminars  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written examination.50%
Semester Assessment Project Work: 3000 word project on a designated section of the module. Late submissions subject to a departmental penalty of 5% points per day. Both elements to be completed to obtain a pass; mark based on the aggregate performance.50%
Supplementary Assessment Resit: For a condoned (medical grounds) non-completion of examination or coursework involves the completion of the missing component(s) for the full range of marks on dates set in the Supplementary Examination period. Resit due to aggregate failure or non-completion of part of the assessment requires re-examination of each component if marks of <40% in both were obtained, or re-examination or re-submission of the failed component (examination or assignment(s) to obtain a maximum mark of 40% for the module). 

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
For students, the prime learning outcome will be a basic grasp of the patterns and processes through which the history of the British rural landscape can be interpreted. They will also acquire experience in handling, evaluating and cross-matching qualitatively different types of evidence, and in dealing with both the intellectual and practical aspects of debates that embrace sharply-conflicting viewpoints.


The module will introduce students to the geographical patterns and processes around which the long-term development of the British countryside has been structured. It will develop the student's understanding of change particularly the interaction between the forces of continuity and discontinuity. In addition, it will demonstrate the importance of seeing the core problems of the course through different types of evidence (documentary, cartographic, place names, field-based, photographic) and as a product of different type of processes (social, economic, political and environmental).


The course will be organised around the following themes:

Reading Lists

R.A. Dodgshon and R.A. Butlin (eds) (1990) An Historical Geography of England and Wales Academic Press, chaps. 1,3,4,7,17. ISBN 0-12-219253-2
R. Hodges (1991) Wall-to-Wall History. The Story of Royston Grange Duckworth ISBN 0-7156-2342-7
O. Rackham (1986) The History of the Countryside ISBN 0-460-04449-4
O. Rackham The Illustrated History of the Countryside 1995 ISBN 0-297-83392-8
B.K. Roberts (1987) The Making of the English Village ISBN 0-582-30143-2
C. Taylor (1983) Farmstead and Village Philip ISBN 0-540-010715
T. Aston (1985) Interpreting the Landscape Batsford ISBN 0-7134-3650-6


This module is at CQFW Level 6