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Postgraduate Course: Interpreting the Landscape (EDUA11119)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryLandscape is the medium, the subject and the backdrop for the outdoor teacher and an understanding of its origins, its fragility and its beauty would seem to need no justification. The formative influences, geological, geomorphological, biological, human (historical and contemporary), will be considered chronologically. In historical times the changes that have occurred in landscape character, in land ownership and in the growing demands for public use and environmental protection have been determined, shaped and constrained by local, national and international legislation. These issues will be given specific attention in relation to their influence on the landscape of the present day.

The structure of the landscape and its development and the way in which the relationship between the public and the countryside is affected by legislation will be considered as both technical issues and also for their educational potential. Whilst the landscape of the UK will necessarily offer the main teaching examples the landscapes of other countries will be included where appropriate. Throughout there will be focus on generic processes, both physical and educational.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs No additional charge
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 15/09/2014
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Fieldwork Hours 7, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 161 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) This course will being 03 September 2014. Please refer to online timetable for full details.
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment will be in the form of a written assignment of 4000-5000 words. This may form part of a combined assignment with other courses as validated.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. On completion of the course students will:
    1. show understanding of the processes by which the three main rock types (volcanic, metamorphic and sedimentary) have arisen, and understand the chronology of the stratigraphic record;
    2. demonstrate awareness of the formative events that have shaped the British landscape; the recent "Ice age"; fluvioglacial forces;
    3. be aware if the late-glacial and post-glacial events which have given rise to the present flora and fauna of Britain;
    4. show understanding of how, from Neolithic times to present, man and his land-use activities have influenced the rural landscape;
    5. be aware of the losses of natural habitats and their conversion to semi-natural and man-made ones;
    6. be familiar with concepts of landscape quality and be able to make informed judgements on the efficacy of activities which will shape future landscapes;
    7. know the legal and de facto situation with regard to access to the countryside in the UK and be familiar with the approach taken in a range of other countries;
    8. have experienced and be failiar with a wide range of approaches to the collection of information and teaching in this subject area.
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Course organiserProf Pete Higgins
Tel: (0131 6)50 9796
Course secretaryMrs Susan Scott
Tel: (0131 6)51 6573
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