GEOGG068 Changing Landscapes: Nature Conservation

Academic Year

Dr Jan Axmacher with Dr Sam Randalls

Programme Term Running

Available to Affiliate Students

Available to External Students

Brief Course Description
This is a residential field-class. It is an optional module and there is a charge to the student for transport/accommodation.
Timetabling: 2 week fieldtrip around Easter

Course Aims
The module has three primary aims:
- To introduce students to non-UK environmental conditions and processes at different spatial scales
- To explore how different approaches to nature conservation relate to regional environmental settings and associated views of nature
- To evaluate factors influencing awareness for the natural environment and nature conservation

Course Content
Based on a case study outside the UK, this course will provide insights into
- Natural processes occurring at varying geographic scales and their effects on natural ecosystems and the wider landscape
- Multiple ways and scales at which humans interact with and shape the availability of natural resources
- Approaches to manage, conserve and protect natural ecosystems and their components

The course is based around a residential field-class with an introductory lecture at the beginning of the 2nd term.

Preliminary readings include:

Day, K.A. (ed) 2005. China’s Environment and the Challenge of Sustainable Development, Sharpe, New York.

Economy, E.C. 2005. The River Runs Black: the Environmental Challenge to China’s Future, Cornell University Press, Ithaca.

Edmonds, R.L. (ed) 2000. Managing the Chinese Environment, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Elvin, M. 2006. The Retreat of the Elephants: An Environmental History of China, Yale University Press, New Haven.

Harris, R.B. 2007. Wildlife Conservation in China: Preserving the Habitat of China’s Wild West, Sharpe, New York.

McBeath, G.A. and Leng, T.K. 2006. Governance of Biodiversity Conservation in China and Taiwan. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Sang, W., Ma, K. and Axmacher, J.C. 2011. Securing a future for China’s wild plant resources. BioScience 61, 720-725.

Last Updated: Wed 15 Feb 2017