Sustainability and Management in the South Downs National Park

Order Description
This assignment is about managing social, economic and environmental issues in rural environments. It is designed to demonstrate students’ ability to (unit learning outcomes):
a) Discuss the changing factors that determine the well-being and sustainability of urban and rural communities (Learning Outcome 2)
b) Assess the sustainability of land use planning decisions (Learning Outcome 3)
c) Examine the competing interests that need to be balanced in decisions affecting urban and rural communities (Learning Outcome 4)
d) Evaluate a range of decision making tools to solving difficult policy and planning decisions
(Learning Outcome 5)

Report Title: Sustainability and Management in the South Downs National Park
After Christmas the unit will focus on sustainability issues in past, present and future rural environments. These will be exemplified during an all-day fieldtrip to the Lake District National

Education hedge building projects- http://southdowns.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/npa_2012Dec11_Agenda_item_8_App5.pdf
Eco campsites-http://www.responsibletravel.com/accommodation/7691/south-downs-eco-campsite

Road expansion- https://combehavendefenders.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/3641/

Assessment:
This assignment is about managing social, economic and environmental issues in rural environments. It is designed to demonstrate students’ ability to (unit learning outcomes):
a) Discuss the changing factors that determine the well-being and sustainability of urban and rural communities (Learning Outcome 2)
b) Assess the sustainability of land use planning decisions (Learning Outcome 3)
c) Examine the competing interests that need to be balanced in decisions affecting urban and rural communities (Learning Outcome 4)
d) Evaluate a range of decision making tools to solving difficult policy and planning decisions
(Learning Outcome 5)

Report Title: Sustainability and Management in the South Downs National Park
After Christmas the unit will focus on sustainability issues in past, present and future rural environments. These will be exemplified during an all-day fieldtrip to the Lake District National Park on Monday 23rd February 2015 during Activities Week. The fieldtrip will be followed by class-based case studies exploring economic, social and environmental sustainability in rural environments.
In your group you will highlight and critically evaluate key sustainability issues experienced in UK National Parks as demonstrated during the field visit, in follow-up classes and through in-depth research. You should then compare and contrast these to secondary data / information sources (internet / academic literature) available for the South Downs National Park.
Your report should include three specific case study examples from the South Downs that illustrate issues relating to environmental, economic and a social sustainability.
For each case study you have to (a) discuss its social, economic and environmental factors; (b) discuss its key stakeholders and their competing interests; (c) evaluate a range of decision making tools in resolving conflicts between competing interest; (d) evaluate and assess the role of these decision making tools in land use planning decisions; and (d) conclude about the complexity of managing social, economic and environmental issues in rural areas.
The assignment includes two parts. Part (2a) is a group report and is worth 90% of the mark. Part 2(b) is a peer evaluation and is worth 10% of the marks.
The group report should include a front sheet and contents pages; sections and subsections; a clear conclusion; and cited references. You should structure your report in a coherent manner. The peer assessment will be based on each group member assessing each others’ contribution to the teamwork. Peer assessment will happen in class on Tuesday 23th March 2015 and be confidential.

South Downs National Park Authority 2012. State of the National Park 2012.
[Online] [accessed 22.9.14]
http://www.southdowns.gov.uk/about-us/state-of-the-national-park-report-2012
English Tourism Council 2001. National sustainable tourism indicators: monitoring progress towards sustainable tourism in England. London, English Tourism Council.
Lake District National Park Partnership 2013. State of the Park Report 2013.
[Online] [accessed 22.9.14] http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/caringfor/state_of_the_park
The Rural Coalition 2010. The Rural Challenge: achieving sustainable rural communities for the 21st century. London, Town & Country Planning Association. [Online] [accessed 22.9.14]
http://www.rtpi.org.uk/media/6331/The-Rural-Challenge-achieving-sustainable-rural-communites-for-the-21st-century-Rural-Coalition-2010.pdf
Woods M 2005. Rural Geography. London, Sage.
And references provided in class (prior to and following the field visit)
Assessment criteria/Marking scheme/Grade descriptors: Please read and adhere to the instructions given above and the marking scheme overleaf.

6F5Z3001 ASSIGNMENT 2 REPORT MARKING SCHEME 6F5Z3001 Assignment: 2
Summative Assessment: Report
Name of students: Evidence of achievement1 in relation to descriptors2: Overall Mark:
You need to demonstrate the following assessment criteria: F 3rd 2.2 2.1 1st Comment
Discuss the changing factors that determine the well-being and sustainability of urban and rural communities
Examine the competing interests that need to be balanced in decisions affecting urban and rural communities
Evaluate a range of decision making tools to solving difficult policy and planning decisions
WORD LIMIT: 3000 WORD PROCESSED: Yes
PENALTIES FOR OVER LONG SUBMISSIONS
Coursework that exceeds stated word/page limit will be penalised according to the following scheme:
• If your work exceeds the stated word/page limit by more than 10% your mark will be reduced by 10% (ie one degree class).
• If your work exceeds the stated word/page limit by more than 30% your mark will be capped at 40%.

DATE SET:
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Assignments MUST be submitted on 23th March 2015
After this date, late work will receive 0% (zero %)
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