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ACE2003 : Landscape, Culture and Heritage

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Guy Garrod
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To make students aware of the natural, historical and cultural factors that contribute to the character of today's countryside. To encourage students to preceive the composition and to assess the quality of cultural landscapes. To provide an introduction to the history of landscape appreciation in the UK. To introduce students to the origins and practice of landscape character assessment, environmental impact assessment (EIA)and strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and to demonstrate their role in maintaining countryside character. To provide an introduction to the land use planning system in England & Wales and its role in maintaining landscape character. To demonstrate how public and private institutions contribute towards the maintenance of landscape character and cultural heritage in the UK.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures 1 to 3: The Developing Appreciation of Landscape in the UK
Lectures 4 to 6: Landscapes for the People
Lectures 7 & 9: Environmental Archaeology
Lectures 10 to 12: Managing Heritage Landscapes
Lectures 13 to 16: Landscape Character Assessment
Lectures 17 to 18: Introduction to Land Use Planning
Lectures 19 and 20: Environmental Impact Assessment

Towards the second half of the semester, three field classes involving practical exercises in applying Landscape assessment, heritage management or EIA.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Preparation and completion of essay on landscape appreciation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion22:004:00Field class preparation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion215:0030:00Writing up field class exercises (x2)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Preparation and completion of Your Heritage proposal
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading115:0015:00Directed reading on environmental assessment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading120:0020:00Directed reading on landscape character
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading115:0015:00Directed reading on heritage management
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading115:0015:00Directed reading on aesthetics and landscape history
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork37:0021:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study201:0020:00Lecture follow up
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide the basic knowledge framework and appropriate further reading will provide insight into a range of issues in the appreciation and management of landscape character and heritage. Open discussions within lectures will provide an opportunity to articulate and critically evaluate alternative approaches to the achievement of key landscape management objectives. They will also provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate that, when appropriate, they can suggest new hypotheses, and show initiative and originality in approaching management problems. The field classes provide an opportunity to practice and develop the practical skills in landscape character and environmental impact assessment introduced in lectures.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M20Landscape appreciation in UK - 2000 words
Written exercise2A30Proposal brief for a Our Heritage application - max 1500 words
Report2M25Field class exercise (with alternative literature-based exercise on landscape description if field class not attended)
Report2M25Field class exercise (with alternative literature based exerciose on National Park designation if field class not attended)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

100% Continuous Assessment: one essay (20%) set second week of term with three week return date, a group exercise on heritage management (30%) set in fifth week of term, plus two field-class exercises (2 x 25%) one set before the Easter vacation and one after.

The initial essay tests students' understanding of society's developing interest in landscape and heritage. Landscape and environmental impact assessments require practical skills as well as theoretical knowledge, therefore the field exercises test students' ability to apply the material from the course in a practical context linked to the designation of National Parks and AONBs. The heritage management exercise allows students to examine a local management problem in-depth and come up with a practical proposal for its solution. These latter exercises provide students with an opportunity to communicate their understanding of the underlying theories of assessment and heritage management and their appreciation of the practical importance of these subjects in the maintenance of landscape character.

Reading Lists