REMP14-Countryside Planning and Policy

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
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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 aims to examine 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 modules in enabling students to understand the UK planning system but placing standard institutional arrangements and structures in a rural context.

Aims:
This module aims to examine 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 modules in enabling students to understand the UK planning system but placing standard institutional arrangements and structures in a rural context.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to demonstrate:
- A systematic understanding of the main components of current countryside policy and practice;
- An appreciation of the historical development of planning and regulation in the British countryside;
- An appreciation of the role of planning-related institutions in the countryside
- A systematic understanding of the roles of amenity and other designations in the countryside;
- An ability to evaluate rural issues critically and discuss them in an informed way, and the ability to contribute to the debate about current and future policy initiatives;
- A critical awareness and understanding of rural land use conflicts.

Additional outcomes:
The module aims to develop Web-based learning skills, involving literature searching, research, and case study exercises. Students will be able to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively.

Outline content:
- Rural policy - introduction and historical and international context
- Agricultural Policy
- Rural land use - problems, conflicts and policy impacts
- Rural policy and planning process
- Rural economies and resources
- Rural housing
- Rural transport and services
- Rural conservation, biodiversity and recreation
- Planning for sustainable rural communities

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be delivered through a two-hour lecture/student workshop session each week, making extensive use of guest lecturers. Use will be made of Blackboard and external web-based material, web-based reports, e-journal articles and Internet sites with case study material.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 180
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
One 5,000-word essay on a current policy topic

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
Not applicable

Requirements for a pass:
The pass-mark for this module is 50%.

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: 31 March 2017

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