Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Human-Wildlife Conflict BIOL5306

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course examines cases of human-wildlife conflict in detail, with a view to identifying its causes and possible solutions. Cases will be drawn from European and African contexts.


This is an online course delivered over 5 weeks at the end of the third online learning block which runs from April to June.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






1. Approximately 1500 words critical essay in which a case study of Human-Wildlife Conflict is rigorously analysed (50%)

2. A response to a real-life example of Human-Wildlife Conflict including an analysis of probable causes, strategies for quantification of the problem and a proposal for managing it (approximately 1500 words) (50%)

Course Aims

The course aims to provide a sound understanding of the common causes of economically or socially significant human-wildlife conflict and environmentally, economically and socially appropriate strategies for addressing these problems.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Critically evaluate cases of human-wildlife conflict, identifying contributing factors and possible solutions

■ Critically evaluate responses to large carnivore predation of livestock

■ Critically evaluate strategies for mitigation of damage to crops and infrastructure by wildlife

■ Construct and evaluate management plans for human-wildlife conflict

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.