REMRPP-Rural Policy And Planning

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Gavin Parker


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 and as such the module acts to examine how planning policies, structures and aims are shaped and applied in the 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 debates 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, historical and international context
• UK Agricultural Policy
• Rural land use - problems, conflicts and policy
• 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 / session each week, making appropriate 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 2
Guided independent study 78
Total hours by term 98.00 2.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Oral assessment and presentation 30

Other information on summative assessment:
One 2,500-word paper on a current policy topic (70%) and one group presentation (30%). The group presentation /exercise may take the form of a debate or role-play exercise, with students required to research and present ideas from a specific perspective.

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:
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:

Length of examination:
Not applicable

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

Reassessment arrangements:
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):
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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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