Postgraduate Course: Led by locals: power and participation in conservation (BIME11193)
|School||Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course takes a critical approach to study the social and political dimensions of conservation practice.
In this course, we will draw on theory and concepts from social sciences, including political ecology, in order to study the role of power and participation in conservation practice.
We will consider a diverse range of perspectives, reflecting the plurality of knowledge and worldviews that exists across actors and stakeholders in conservation.
Social politics of conservation are highly contextual and fast evolving, therefore the case studies and examples presented in the course will reflect topical issues and students will be asked to draw on their own environment and experiences, with core themes as follows:
1. Scales of governance and participation
2. Social groups in conservation e.g. race, indigeneity, political entities and other self-organised groups e.g. community, institutions.
3. Power in conservation
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Online Activities 25,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
written (60%) and online (40%)
Assessments will cover the 4 learning objectives, although the specific details and focus of the assessment items will be flexible to ensure the topics are current and of relevance/importance in this field of study and adaptable to class sizes.
Through a written assignment, students must demonstrate a conceptual and theoretical understanding of power in analysis of a conservation practice.
In an asynchronous online discussion with peers, students will develop their own case studies of locally led conservation.
||Formative feedback will be available to students for both assignments if required. An open discussion forum (visible to all students on the course) will be available for each assignment where students can ask questions about what is required of them. They can check they have interpreted the
assignment brief correctly and seek guidance on whether their general ideas are appropriate before they complete and submit their work.
Extensive summative feedback will be given for both assignments. The written assignment will be marked up directly in Grademark and additional summary feedback provided. Feedback for the online assignment will be in the form of general comments on the level of engagement, content and quality of postings. In both cases, feedback will clearly identify both positives and areas for improvement.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of social science theory and principles, and critically reflect on their relevance to conservation science and practice.
- Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of power and its application in the critical appraisal of conservation practice(s).
- Demonstrate a sound knowledge of participatory conservation approaches.
- Explore and analyse examples of counter-power and local initiative in conservation practice.
|Core reference textbooks for this course are:|
- Baldauf, C. ed., 2020. Participatory Biodiversity Conservation: Concepts, Experiences, and Perspectives. Springer Nature.
- Benjaminsen, T.A. and Svarstad, H., 2021. Political Ecology: A Critical Engagement with Global Environmental Issues. Cham: Palgrave MacMillan
- Carpenter, C., 2020. Power in Conservation: Environmental Anthropology Beyond Political Ecology. Routledge
Weekly reading lists will be released as the course progresses.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Personal and intellectual autonomy, outlook and engagement, research and enquiry.
You will develop intellectual autonomy by directing the focus of your assessments and discussions. You will be encouraged to explore knowledge generated within your own environment and draw on your own experiences. You will also build personal autonomy by developing understanding of your own position and process through reflection.
Engagement with others perspectives and knowledges will broaden your outlook and develop your capacity to communicate effectively and inclusively within a diverse community.
You will develop your research skills by engaging with both theoretical and empirical scientific literatures to enable a depth of enquiry. You will also draw on literature and sources of knowledge outside of peer-review publications to develop skill in utilising these critically and effectively within
a scientific process.
|Course organiser||Ms Louise Beveridge
|Course secretary||Mr Andrew Le Tissier
Tel: (0131 6)51 4075