Module Identifier RS14620  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Ian P Keirle  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   33 Hours 33 x 1 hour lectures  
  Other   6 Hours 2 x 3 hour workshops  
  Other   6 Hours 2 x 3 hour visits  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam1.5 Hours Outcomes assessed: 1, 2 and 3  50%
Semester Assessment Assignment Outcomes assessed: 1 and 2 only  50%
Supplementary Exam1.5 Hours Outcomes assessed: All  100%

Learning outcomes

On completing this module students should be able to:

1. Describe the systems and processes by which the countryside is governed.
2. Identify and explain the contemporary rural issues as they impact upon the countryside.
3.   Select and apply suitable techniques to survey the rural resource.


This module introduces 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. The module also 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.

Aims of the proposal:

1. To identify and describe the systems and processes by which the countryside is governed and regulated.
2. To identify and explain contemporary rural issues as the impact upon the countryside
3. To identify the techniques and methods available to survey the rural resource.

Transferable skills

.1 Independent project work   
Developed through the assignment

.2 IT and information handling
Developed through the assignment

.3 Use and analysis of numerical information
Lectures will contain a variety of numeric information about contemporary rural issues.

.4 Writing in an academic context
Developed through the assignment.

.5 Oral discussion and presentation
Oral discussion will be encouraged throughout the module. The assignment may include a role play.

.6 Careers need awareness
This module will be very helpful in developing an awareness of the organisations that operated within the countryside.

.7 Self-management
Developed through the assignment.

.8 Group activity
   May be addressed within the assignment.

Reading Lists

Blunden J & Curry N (1991) A Future for our Countryside Basil Blackwell
Cabinet office (2000) Sharing the Nation's prosperity: Economic, Social and Environmental conditions of the countryside Cabinet Office, London
Curry N (1994) Countryside recreation, access and land use planning E & F N Spon
Department of the Environment (1995) Rural England: a nation committed to a living countryside Department of the Environment
Derounian J (1993) Another Country: Real life Beyond Rose Cottage
Dwyer J, and Hodge, I (1994) Countryside in Trust: Land management by conservation, recreation and amenity organisations Wiley
Glyptis S (1991) Countryside recreation Longman
Newby H (1985) Green and Pleasant Land
Rawcliffe, P (1998) Environmental pressure groups in transition Manchester University Press


This module is at CQFW Level 4