GEOGG069 Conservation and Environmental Management

Academic Year

Dr Samuel Randalls, Dr Jan Axmacher and Dr Peter Jones

Programme Term Running

Available to Affiliate Students

Available to External Students

Course Aims
The module has three primary aims:
1) To enable students to critically evaluate current conservation practice and underlying theoretical concepts
2) To analyse the rationales for and place of people, markets and science in conservation practice and environmental management
3) To be able to apply these debates to practical examples

Course Content
The course will provide an integrated approach to conservation in theory and practice, exploring debates about and within conservation science, economics and governance, applying these to contemporary examples. It will explore the contemporary challenges of biodiversity conservation, the politics of biodiversity, conservation practice in protected areas and people-led and market-led approaches to conservation.

The course is primarily based on 3-hour classes with a mixture of lecture and discussion. Group research developing new conservation projects will culminate in student presentations of their brochures.

Form of Assessment
30% Group brochure of new conservation project (deadline tbc), 70% Individual scientific research funding proposal

Brockington, D., Duffy, R. and Igoe, J. 2008. Nature unbound: conservation, capitalism and the future of protected areas, Earthscan.

Daily, G.C. and Ellison, K. 2002. The New Economy of Nature: The Quest to make Conservation Profitable, Island Press

Dowie, M. 2009. Conservation Refugees: The hundred-year conflict between global conservation and native peoples, MIT Press

Takacs, D. 1996. The idea of biodiversity: philosophies of paradise, Johns Hopkins University Press

Learning Outcomes
On completion of the module learners will be able to:
1) Demonstrate understanding of key concepts and debates in contemporary conservation science, practice and governance
2) Be able to assess the challenges and opportunities in integrating science, economics and people in decision-making
3) Critically reflect upon conservation in practice
4) Be able to apply these understandings to examples
5) Design innovative solutions to problems
6) Learn practical skills of justifying funding applications for both scientific and private funders
7) Peer-learning with others and teamwork in student-led groups
8) Formulate a reasoned argument about conservation practice

Last Updated: Wed 15 Feb 2017