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Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

Course Overview

The course provides an understanding of the role of policy and the law in regulating the use, management, development, planning, acquisition and transfer of land and natural resources. It covers legislation for environmental protection, conservation and designations, at Scottish, UK and international levels. The course also examines access legislation, community right to buy and community-based planning, agricultural holdings, rent reviews and powers regarding compulsory purchase of land. Part of the course is dedicated to a teamwork module to build student skills in communication and engagement, planning and managing work in terms.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Katrin Prager

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of Geography (GG) or MSc Environmental Partnership Management or Master of Land Economy in Rural Surveying & Rural Property Mgmt
  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description


This course covers the following areas of rural and environmental policy and law:

  • The institutional context of planning, planning principles and planning law
  • Types of property rights, implications for management of natural resources
  • Development management
  • Public participation and community engagement
  • Landscape and nature conservation policy and designations
  • Environmental/Social Impact Assessment
  • Agricultural holdings legislations, landlord and tenants
  • Ownership and transfer of land, compulsory purchase and compensation
  • International Environmental Law

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

48 hours take home exam (65%)

Presentation (25%)

Participation (10%)

Alternative Resit Assessment

Alternative Assessment arranged by CC.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionCreateImprove their ability to work in teams, listen effectively, communicate clearly, and possess the skills to produce outputs effectively, under time pressure, with a high degree of personal satisfaction
ProceduralEvaluateBe able to assess and have a critical understanding of the policy and legal framework governing rural land use, development, and environmental management at Scottish, UK and international levels
ProceduralEvaluateUnderstand the different forms of rights that can be held by individuals, communities and organisations, as well as their implications.
ConceptualEvaluateBe able to discuss with clarity both orally and in writing how different policies and laws influence the management of a particular place or environmental asset.

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