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:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Prof Gavin Parker

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module examines current countryside issues and policies, with an emphasis on planning in England and Wales.


This module examines current countryside issues and policies, with an emphasis on planning in England and Wales. The context for the module is provided by 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-relate d 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 Agri-Environmental Policy 

  • Rural land use - problems, conflicts and policy 

  • Rural policy and planning process 

  • Rural economies and resources 

  • Rural housing 

  • 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
Tutorials 1
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 57
    Preparation for presentations 10
    Essay preparation 12
Total hours by term 0 0
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 80
Oral assessment and presentation 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:
Not applicable

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One 2,500-word limit essay on a current policy topic (80%). 

Formative assessment methods:

Small group presentation (20%). 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. 

Penalties for late submission:

The below information applies to students on taught programmes except those on Postgraduate Flexible programmes. Penalties for late submission, and the associated procedures, which apply to Postgraduate Flexible programmes are specified in the policy “Penalties for late submission for Postgraduate Flexible programmes”, which can be found here:
The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that 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:
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.

Assessment 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 where appropriate and agreed by the Examination Board. The grade for the presentation will be retained and the essay resubmitted should the student fail the module at first attempt. 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 8 April 2021


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