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Postgraduate Course: Conservation and Conflict (BIME11145)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course explores the relationship between wildlife and people, specifically in situations of conflict. We will cover a range of areas from the causes and mitigation of human/wildlife conflict, the militarisation of wildlife protection and the impact of human conflict on wildlife and conservation efforts.
Course description This course looks at the relationship between wildlife and people, specifically in situations of conflict. We will explore three main of areas of conservation and conflict namely: the causes and mitigation of human/wildlife conflict; the militarisation of wildlife protection and the impact of human conflict on wildlife and conservation efforts.
Human/wildlife conflicts occur worldwide whether crop/livestock management or direct threats to human life as both our population densities and behaviours change. The course considers the implications of such conflicts for livelihoods and species survival.
Protected area and species management and enforcement often requires the deployment and use of armed force. We consider the influence this has on both effective protection and potential escalation of human/wildlife conflict.
Finally, we will look at war zones and the implications of the theatre of war for wildlife populations, habitats and ecosystem health.
The course is delivered through weekly materials including case studies, online discussions and an interrogation of the growing body of literature on this subject.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 05/08/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Online Activities 25, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 53 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Assignment 60%
Online Assignment 40%

Specific assessment items will be developed each year to address the Learning Outcomes from the course. This will allow flexibility in terms of the focus of assignments, to ensure the topics are current and of relevance/importance in this field of study.
Feedback Each assignment will receive formative feedback to accompany and support the summative mark given. All feedback will be communicated through Turnitin Grademark
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To critically evaluate complex scenarios where there may be conflict between people and wildlife.
  2. To construct informed interventions that may mitigate these conflicts.
  3. To demonstrate judgement on protected area and species conservation enforcement and reasonable measures.
  4. Critically evaluate the moral and practical tensions between human life and wildlife conservation during hostilities.
Reading List
Weekly course notes available through Learn.
Weekly discussion boards on emergent topics.
Case studies.
Collective, student-led search and compilation of relevant resources.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Personal and intellectual autonomy
Outlook and engagement
Research and enquiry
Course organiserMr Robert Thomas
Tel: (0131 6)50 3508
Course secretaryMiss Katherine Shaw
Tel: (0131 6)50 8349
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