Postgraduate Course: Managing Ecosystems for Human Health and Wellbeing (BIME11023)
|School||Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course will focus on the recent impact mankind has had on his environment that has lead to declining capacity of ecosystems to meet the needs of an ever expanding human population. We will explore the link between conservation and human well being, with the view to highlighting ways in which ecosystems can be managed to support the needs of those communities that rely on them.
The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005) brought about a fundamental change in the way that biodiversity is perceived. While biodiversity conservation has traditionally focused on preserving the intrinsic value of species and ecosystems, the MA demonstrated the importance of biodiversity for the ecosystem services it provides and the associated links with human health and well-being. At present, ecosystem services directly support more than one billion people living in extreme poverty.
Weekly lectures will focus on the following topics:
Human impact on the environment
The lecture will explore environmental pressures and how they impact ecosystem goods and services, and begin to explore the consequences for human health and well-being.
Consequences for human health & wellbeing
The consequences for human health and well-being associated with humankind┐s impact on the environment will be explored. The role of climate change will also be considered.
Linking conservation and human health & wellbeing
Some of the work going on to manage conservation of ecosystems to maintain the ecosystem services they provide and the implications for human health and well-being will be considered, as well as some of the difficulties in predicting the longer-term effects of climate change.
Managing ecosystems to support human health & wellbeing
The theme of linking conservation to human health and well-being will be continued, exploring strategies for management of resources and climate change adaptation and ecosystem restoration.
Post disaster rehabilitation and risk reduction
This final lecture will consider the process of post-disaster rehabilitation and role of risk reduction strategies in supporting resilience.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the environmental pressures humankinds activities have placed on the natural environment and explore the consequences of these pressures for human health and wellbeing
- Demonstrate an understanding of the role of ecosystems in the provision of services of demonstrable value to people
- Explore the linkages between conservation of biodiversity and the wellbeing of humankind and have an appreciation of the rights of local people to access resources in the wider context of ecosystem management
- Have an understanding of some of the key global instruments and initiatives in place to improve policy and practice
- Explore the role of post-disaster rehabilitation and risk reduction
|There are a number of organisations/initiatives which we will refer to often during this course, including:|
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
United Nations Environment Programme
International Union for Conservation of Nature
UN Sustainable Development Goals
The course will also draw from current literature and other publications relevant to the topic. A reading list is specified for each lecture.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||The study materials provided in this course will enhance the student┐s abilities to search for, read and understand the relevant scientific literature, to use this to support specific arguments and to present the findings in a coherent and appropriate way. They will also develop skills in ICT through the use of an online learning platform, online search engines and word-processing and presentation packages. Online discussion with tutors and peers will develop confidence in communicating with others and the skills to engage in high level academic discourse. The independent study aspect of the course will enhance the student┐s abilities in time-management and self-motivation.
|Course organiser||Dr Sharron Ogle
|Course secretary||Mr Lyndon Zahra
Tel: (0131) 651 5232