Postgraduate Course: Conservation and Conflict (BIME11145)
|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||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This 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.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Online Activities 25,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|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.
||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
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- To critically evaluate complex scenarios where there may be conflict between people and wildlife.
- To construct informed interventions that may mitigate these conflicts.
- To demonstrate judgement on protected area and species conservation enforcement and reasonable measures.
- Critically evaluate the moral and practical tensions between human life and wildlife conservation during hostilities.
|Weekly course notes available through Learn.|
Weekly discussion boards on emergent topics.
Collective, student-led search and compilation of relevant resources.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Personal and intellectual autonomy
Outlook and engagement
Research and enquiry
|Course organiser||Mr Robert Thomas
Tel: (0131 6)50 3508
|Course secretary||Miss Katherine Shaw
Tel: (0131 6)50 8349