Sustainable Landscape Planning - GEOG5003

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Daisy Emoekabu checkmark-circle


The aim of this module is to explore, assess and apply critical concepts and approaches to the sustainable planning of landscapes. Drawing on recent developments in the geography, conservation and environmental planning literatures, the module introduces students to key ideas intersecting with policy and practice agendas and initiatives for landscape, including natural capital, ecosystem services, environmental economics and participatory environmental management. Alongside critical reflection on the underlying assumptions that guide these developments, the module places students in real-world scenarios in which they must design and shape plans for rural and urban landscapes.


Contact hours

Private Study: 128
Contact Hours: 22
Total: 150


Compulsory for:
BSc Human Geography

Optional for:
BSc Wildlife Conservation,
BA Environmental Social Sciences
BSc Anthropology

Method of assessment

Group Presentation and Poster (10 minutes plus supporting documentation) 25%
Group Presentation and Report (1000 words) (10 minutes plus supporting documentation) 25%
Individual Report (2,500 words) - 50%.

Reassessment methods
100% coursework (4000 words)

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Understand the relationship between society and nature from the starting point of social-ecological systems research in general and sustainable landscape planning in particular
2 Understand how approaches to sustainable landscape planning relate to wider developments in environmentalism, environmental policy and integrated approaches to natural resource management
3 Critically assess the guiding purpose of scientific and policy agendas for sustainable landscape planning.
4 Evaluate the roles of market, states and civil society action in promoting sustainable use of environmental assets in urban and rural contexts for decision making.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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