RE3RPP-Rural Policy and Planning

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites: RE2PREP Projects in Real Estate and Planning (2)
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Gavin Parker

Email: g.parker@henley.reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module examines current countryside issues and policies, with an emphasis on planning in England and Wales. The context for the module is the changing economic and social drivers in the countryside. The module links with other UG modules in enabling students to understand the UK planning system and places and applies common institutional arrangements and structures in the particular conditions of the rural context.

Aims:
This module aims to examine current countryside issues and policies, with an emphasis on planning in England. The context for the module is changing economic and social drivers in the countryside. The module links with other modules in enabling students to understand the UK planning system but placing standard institutional arrangements and structures in a rural context. The aim is to provide students with an appreciation of how rural policy and planning shapes rural areas.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to demonstrate: 



• An understanding of the key components of current countryside policy and practice; 

• An appreciation of the development of land use planning in the UK and its role in shaping the rural economy and society; 

• An critical appreciation of the role of planning and related institutions in the countryside; 

• An appreciation of the role of landscape and other designations in the countryside; 

• An awareness and ability to analyse key rural issues facing policy-makers; 

• An awareness of potential areas of conflict between rural stakeholders.


Additional outcomes:
The module aims to develop web-based learning skills, involving literature searching, research and case study exercises. The coursework will provide opportunity for students to develop their oral and written presentation skills.

Outline content:

• Rural policy - introduction and historical context 

• Rural land use - problems, conflicts and policy impacts 

• Rural policy and planning process 

• Rural economies 

• Rural housing 

• Rural services 

• Rural conservation, biodiversity and recreation tools and issues 

• Planning for sustainable rural communities.


Global context:
The module will place UK rural policy and planning in a global and European context where applicable.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be delivered through a two-hour lecture/student workshop session each week, making some use of guest lecturers as appropriate. Use will be made of Blackboard and external web-based material, web-based reports, e-journal articles with case study material and follow up seminars in preparation for module assessment will be held.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 16 2
Tutorials 4
Guided independent study 96 42 40
       
Total hours by term 112.00 46.00 42.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One three-hour examination.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of at least 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment will be by the same method as for the module’s original assessment requirements, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate.


    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 15 August 2017

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