Undergraduate Course: Land Use Policy (ECSC10013)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Users of rural land in Britain are experiencing both inducements and constraints on what they may or may not do on this basic resource and increasingly wider public interests are influencing the boundaries within which social and economic activities are allowable.
This unit introduces students to a variety of discussion leaders from commercial, governmental and non-governmental organisations all with their own particular viewpoint and expertise in land use policy; and through presentations and seminars explores the main inducements and constraints which have shaped land use in the past and which continue to shape the rural economy and environment of the future.
Past & present agricultural land use policies
Protected Areas, and how they work in practice
Barriers to rural development
Forest land use: policy, drivers & mechanisms
Less Favoured Areas, a special case?
Environmental concerns over land use policy
Crofting and its place in the 21st century
Changing support for agriculture
Regional land use planning
Fitting food into a land use policy
Ghosts past & the shape of things to come
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Gain an integrated knowledge of the constraints and stimuli which affect land use in Britain.
- Appreciate the legislative, institutional and support influences which alter behaviour of land managers and change perceptions of the general public.
- Be able to critically identify barriers to effective land use and to offer professional insights and interpretations to these problems.
- Gain practise in communicating with professionals from commercial, governmental and non-governmental organisations.
- Learn how to deal with complex political and ethical issues in accordance with current professional practices.
|Individual sessions have associated key references provided in Learn but a starting set of web references is given below:|
Forward strategy http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/cap-post-2013/index_en.htm
Rural policy http://www.defra.gov.uk/rural/economy/policy/
National Parks http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/designatedareas/default.aspx
EU LFAs http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/Research%20briefings%20and%20fact%20sheets/SB10-29.pdf
UK Forestry policy http://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/fcfc001.pdf/$FILE/fcfc001.pdf
RSPB policy http://www.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/policy/
Land use strategy http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/03/17091927/0
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||1 three-hour session per week
|Keywords||ECSC10013 LUP,Land use,government policy,agriculture,forestry,protected areas,regional planning
|Course organiser||Dr Ron Wilson
Tel: (0131 6)51 7163
|Course secretary||Mr Matthew Hathaway
Tel: (0131 6)50 5430