SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHN808119
Module Leader n/a
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Tourism, Events and Sport
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

BA Leisure Management or BSc Leisure Facilities Management or equivalent

Summary of Content

This module will examine critically the role, nature and the function of the countryside in the range of human experiences sought through recreation and it aims to develop the skills needed to operate professionally as a manager of leisure and leisure facilities in the countryside.


Scotland: land, landscape and countryside recreation: rural aesthetic, the evolution of recreation use and provision; social construction of landscapePeople and the Scottish countryside; trends in use, impact and strategy formulation, pressure , interest and partnershipApproaches to resource management in the countryside; roles, impacts and dilemmas, designation and planning; surveying; land management; ownership and stewardship; competing claimsPolicy in the countryside: key factors and movements; institutions and instruments of policy; the role of the Scottish parliamentAccess and accessibility: social inclusion, community and outdoor recreation; quasi-legal issues in Scotland and elsewhereInterpretation , conservation and the experience of the countryside; attractions management; wildlife and other natural resources; key bodies; impactsRecreation behaviour in the countryside; the roots of countryside recreation behaviour, models of behaviour change; consuming placesContemporary issues in countryside recreation: economic development, sustainability, hunting with dogs and countryside sports; changing Common Agricultural Policy; youth culture and the countryside as a recreational context; employment in countryside recreation and conservation roles; tourism/recreation interface.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:- to evaluate critically the nature of countryside recreation experiences and their impacts upon rural environments;- to develop an understanding of the competing claims (eg recreation, tourism, agriculture) on natural resources and the concepts and strategies used to resolve these;- to facilitate an active and critical approach to resource management and the formulation of public policies for recreation in the countryside;- to examine countryside recreation in the context of the Scottish environment and the Scottish parliament;- to evaluate strategies for changing user behaviour and conflict in countryside recreation;- to review critically the role of sustainability in the development and delivery of countryside recreation - to analyse the interface between tourism and recreation in rural contexts, policies and practices

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Weekly lectures will be supported by seminars delivered by both teaching staff and practitioners. A high level of independence in searching for appropriate material and contexts in expected. Students conduct two formal debates in which contemporary preoccupations are proposed or opposed via an appropriate motion.Module underpinning: The teaching of this module is underpinned by the research of Malcolm Foley and Gayle McPherson in outdoor recreation policy and practice and countryside sports development for national agencies.

Indicative Reading

Blunden, J & Turner, G, (1985), Critical Countryside, BBCBromley, P, (1994), Countryside Management, SponCurry, N, (1994) Countryside Recreation, Access and Land Use Planning, SponGlyptis, S, (1991), Countryside Recreation, Longman/ILAMHarvey, G (1998), Killing the CountrysideMackay, D (1995), Scotland?s Rural Land-use Agencies, Scottish Cultural Press Manfredo, M, (ed), (1993), Influencing Human Behaviour: Theory and Applications in Recreation, Tourism and Natural Resources Management, SagamoreNewby, H, (1978), Green and Pleasant Land, PenguinRowan-Robinson, (1992), Review of Rights of Way Procedures in Scotland, SNHScottish Agricultural College, (1992), Economics of Countryside Access in Scotland, SACShoard, M, (1980), The Theft of the Countryside, Temple SmithSidaway, R, (1994), Recreation and Natural Heritage: a Research Review, SNHSNH/COSLA, (1993), Public Access to the Countryside - a Guide to the Law, Practice and Procedure in Scotland, SNH/COSLASpink, J, (1994), Leisure and the Environment, Butterworth HeinemannUrry, J, (1996), Consuming Places, RoutledgeWatkins, C, (1996) (Ed) Rights of Way - Policy, Culture and Management, PinterWatson, D, (1994), Organised Activities and Training in the Countryside, Landwise

Transferrable Skills

PTS DevelopmentCritical reflection upon policy making and implementation of policy via lectures and seminars; Communication of complex ideas in a professional context achieved via coursework assessment; Application of theory to practice achieved via independent learning.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 48.00
Private Study 100.00
Assessment (FT) 8.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 20.00 40% Oral presentation (summative)
Coursework 0.00 30.00 40% Essay
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 50.00 40% 3 hour Final Examination