Human dimensions of conservation BIOL5292
- Academic Session: 2023-24
- School: School of Biodiversity One Health Vet Med
- Credits: 10
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Semester 2
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
The course explores human dimensions of conservation, including topics relating to biodiversity conservation and human development, sustainable use, wildlife trade, hunting, human-wildlife conflict and wildlife interventions. These subjects will be considered from diverse ethical, ecological, soco-economic and political perspectives.
10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of supervised practical work, will be delivered over a one week block: which will include problem-based scenarios and 'media-style' presentations/discussions of assignment topics. Additional self-study hours will take place during the week of the course and subsequent weeks of the semester.
Students will prepare a short piece of written work that addresses a contemporary conservation dilemma in the form of a press statement. This will form the basis of a media-style interview or presentation. Students will be assessed on their ability to summarise, synthesize and communicate key messages in a way that is accessible to a lay audience (50%). The remaining 50% will be based on a written exercise that will require integration of the evidence-based knowledge and skills learned in this module.
The course explores human dimensions of conservation, including topics relating to biodiversity conservation and human development, sustainable use, wildlife trade, hunting, human-wildlife conflict and wildlife interventions. These subjects will be considered from diverse ethical, ecological, socio-economic and political perspectives.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
■ Critically discuss with reference to the evidence base and primary literature:
■ Different approaches to natural resource management and their implications for biodiversity conservation and human development.
■ Interacting ecological, ethical, social and economic issues affecting conservation and the management of wildlife.
■ Challenges surrounding the sustainable utilisation of wildlife, including tourism, sport hunting and wildlife trade.
■ Dilemmas arising from human-wildlife conflict and different approaches to conflict mitigation.
■ Attitudes and approaches towards different types of wildlife interventions for conservation.
■ Demonstrate a detailed understanding of a contemporary conservation dilemma.
■ Make a rational argument for/against a particular conservation action/approach.
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.