The driving causes of biodiversity loss are not just ecological, but also political, economic and cultural, and conservationists need to acquire the knowledge and skills to address broader social contexts. This module aims to introduce students to cutting-edge debates about the place of local people in biodiversity conservation, and provide them with an overview of the essential role that the social sciences play in the analysis of environmental issues. Objectives of the module are to provide students with a broad conceptual understanding of the social context of conservation; knowledge of the history of conservation approaches towards local communities; familiarity with key issues in the implementation of community conservation; and a critical approach to analysis of the current conservation-preservation debate.
BSc in Wildlife Conservation
Available as a wild module
Method of assessment
50% Exam; 50% Coursework
Russell, D. & Harsbarger, C. "Groundwork for Community Based Conservation"
Moulder, M.B. & Coppolillo, P. "Conservation: Linking Ecology, Economics and Culture" (2005)
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
8.1 Understand the history of western conservation approaches towards local communities
8.2 Acquire a broad conceptual understanding of the social context of conservation, including economic, cultural and political factors
8.3 Acquire familiarity with different forms of community conservation and key issues and techniques in its implementation
8.4 Analyse case studies and come up with practical recommendations for management measures related to the relationship between communities and conservation
8.5 Critically approach and analyse of the current conservation-preservation debate
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