Rural Field Studies


A practically oriented field-based module exploring the range and diversity of physical heritage, both natural and built.  The module is delivered in a residential setting over one week (5 days) and is a form of learning through experience that builds a bridge between concepts and ideas introduced in the classroom and the “real” world. It develops fieldwork skills and provides an opportunity for the students to apply them in a particular region of Ireland.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognise the role of fieldwork as a concept and process in Heritage Studies. 

  2. Record and interpret results of basic fieldwork for natural and built elements of the rural landscape and relate observations to theory studied. 

  3. Interpret cartographic information, using a variety of methods and tools. 

  4. Assess the tangible and intangible aspects of the natural and built heritage in the rural landscape. 

  5. Recognise the need for stewardship of natural and semi-natural environments and the fostering of advocacy for environmental protection in the context of Education for Sustainable Development.

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