310074 Rural Landscapes: Methods and Approaches in Policy Making

Responsible DepartmentForest & Landscape

Earliest Possible YearMSc. 1 year
DurationOne block
Credits7.5 (ECTS)
Level of CourseMSc
ExaminationFinal Examination

written examination

Portfolio Examination

All aids allowed

Description of Examination: A portfolio has to be delivered by the end of the course including 3-5 papers. The papers are related to both the course literature and the exercises assigned through out the course. Each portfolia has to be prepared individually. A list of compulsory paper topics will be ready by the beginning of the course.

7-point scale, internal examiner
Organisation of TeachingLectures including guest lectures, Theoretical exercises, Group presentations (seminars), Group discussions, Excursions
Block PlacementBlock 2
Week Structure: B
Language of InstructionEnglish
Optional Prerequisites240026 
In addition to 'Landscape ecology' and 'Mind and Nature' basic knowledge about public regulation of rural landscapes is prerequisited
Course Content
The teaching will have its main focus on:

(1) Methods for analysis, assessment and evaluation of landscape including introduction to: Area- and spatial-(visual) analyses, value- and vulnerability analyses as well as introduction to the concept of landscape character assessment.

(2) Methods for examining preferences, values and attitudes in relation to landscapes including: interviews and different types of preference examination methods

(3) Policy approaches and strategies for the protection and enhancement of rural landscapes include the following subjects:
the landscape convention, countryside stewardship schemes and other incentives, nationalparks, afforestation and public participation

Teaching and learning Methods
Teaching is given in the form of lectures, theoretical exercises, seminars and excursions. Most lectures will be followed by seminars, where students are asked to give small presentations or by group discussions or exercises. Exercises are done in groups and will mostly be finalised by a group presentation.
Learning Outcome
Rural landscapes are changing constantly partly because of natural processes and partly because of human impact. At the same time the quality of our landscapes are receiving increasing attention. The aim of the course is to present knowledge about contemporary landscape changes and its driving forces and to give insights into theories and methods about how to identify landscape characteristics, qualities, values and sensitivity. In addition the course will present knowledge about policy approaches and strategies for the protection, preservation and enhancement of rural landscapes. The course gives insight into some of the core issues of the Master Education in Countryside Planning and Management, however, the course also constitutes important supplement to candidates involved in studies of forestry, agronomy, biology, geography and rural sociology. On completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and competences:

- Describe the contemporary landscape development, its driving forces and impact
- Describe methods for analysis, description and assessment of landscapes
- Describe methods for examination of preferences, values and attitudes
- Describe principles of plan and policy strategies related to the protection, maintenance and enhancement of rural landscapes

- Apply methods for description, analysis and assessment of landscapes
- Apply methods for examination of preferences, values and attitudes
- Formulate and communicate strategies for the protection, maintenance and enhancement of rural landscapes

- Work as an individual as well as in groups with people from different disciplines
- Discuss rural landscape policies and strategies in a wider context
- Hold a critical and reflective view on contemporary approaches and strategies related to the use and protection of rural landscapes
Course Coordinator
Lone Søderkvist Kristensen, lokr@life.ku.dk, Forest & Landscape Denmark/Urban and landscape studies, Phone: 353-31831
Study Board
Study Committee NSN
Work Load
theoretical exercises36