Sustainable Communities 2023-24
School of Environmental & Natural Sciences
Module - Semester 1 & 2
Eifiona Thomas Lane
The module will contain the following: • • Sustainable Rural and Urban communities e.g. Eco-villages • Time perspective, change, development- and communities e.g. for “ post-productivist rural and post modern cities” • Rural and urban Land Uses, Designations and Conservation • Globalisation, Economic Restructuring and regeneration e.g. gentrification and " smart cities" • Community development initiatives from urban and rural environments • Directions for Urban and Rural Policy
-threshold -1. No major omissions or inaccuracies in the deployment of information / skills2. Some grasp of theoretical conceptual practical elements3. Integration of theory/practice/information present intermittently in pursuit of the assessed works' objectives.This translates to Satisfactory Standard Pass : D- to D+
-good -1. Much or most of the relevant information and skills accurately deployed2. Good/adequate grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practical elements3. Good/fair integration of theory/practice/information in pursuit of the assessed works' objectives.4. Evidence of the use of creative and reflective skillsThis translates to Average to High Standard Pass : C- to B+
-excellent -1. An outstanding performance, exceptionally able2. The relevant information accurately deployed3. Excellent grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practice elements4. Very good integration of theory/practice/information in pursuit of the assessed work's objectives.5. Strong evidence of the use of creative and reflective skillsThis translates to Excellent Standard: A- to A**
- Assess the signficance of policy making, the work of agencies(e.g. public, third and private sectors) in the sustainable functioning of these communities.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of issues relating to the restructuring of rural and urban settlements and community responses to the processes of globalisation and challenges of sustainability.
- Demonstrate and synthesize the geographical, social, political, historical, cultural and economic features of sustainable rural and urban communities and settlements
- Demonstrate and synthesize theoretical concepts within field based learning situations and also assimilate real world information to reinforce theoretical learning.
- Develop a range of skills in researching, presenting, writing and disseminating information about contemporary aspects of rural and urban living.
- Understand the basic principles and processes of community development, stagnation and regeneration to build capital and resilience within sustainable communities.
- Using global examples, demonstrate an awareness of contrasting and inter- disciplinary interpretations of urban and rural communities and settlements in space and the main drivers shaping them.
Essay (Semester 1)
Exam (Centrally Scheduled)
Examination (2 Hours)