Human-Wildlife Conflict BIOL5306

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Biodiversity One Health Vet Med
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting 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.


Teaching will be delivered over 11 weeks online.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





This course is assessed 100% by written assessment, including one case study of 2500 to 3000 words (50%) (ILO1, 2 or 3 & 4 & 5) and an asynchronous discussion board contribution (30%) (ILO1, 2 or 3 & 4 & 5) with a written reflection to follow (800 words approx.) (20%) (ILO 3 1& 4).

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 mitigation strategies for human-wildlife conflict

■ Evaluate the potential disease spillover at the human animal interface

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.