Human-Wildlife Conflict BIOL5306
- Academic Session: 2020-21
- 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
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
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%)
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.