Human Wildlife Conflict and Resource Competition - DI531

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn 6 15 (7.5) DR T Humle checkmark-circle


Human-wildlife conflicts and resource competition imply costs on human social, economic or cultural life and on the ecological, social or cultural life of wildlife concerned, often to the detriment of conservation objectives and socio-economic realities. This module aims to introduce students to the magnitude and multidisciplinary dimensions of human-wildlife conflicts (HWC) and resource competition, and current approaches and challenges in mitigating and preventing HWC. We will explore how theoretical frameworks for approaching HWC are most often confined within disciplinary boundaries and how more holistic approaches can better equip conservationists and other professionals in dealing with the issue. Using a variety of teaching and learning methods, students will learn about issues involved in determining and analysing HWC, and planning, implementing and evaluating conflict mitigation or prevention schemes.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

11 hours; one lecture per week for 11 weeks
14 hours; one seminar per week for 11 weeks plus one additional 3 hour seminar block allocated for student individual presentations.

25 hours


This module contributes:
BSc Wildlife Conservation
BA Environmental Studies

Method of assessment

100% Coursework: Essay 60%;Publication abstract 20%; Individual oral presentations 20%

Indicative reading

• Knight J. (2000) Natural Enemies: Human-Wildlife Conflict in Anthropological Perspective. London Routledge.
• Sillero-Zubiri C. et al. (2007) Living with wildlife: the roots of conflict and the solutions. In: Macdonald D (Ed.) Key Topics in Conservation Biology. Oxford: Blackwell.
• Woodroffe R. et al. (2005) People and Wildlife: Conflict or Coexistence? Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
• Hockings K.J and Humle T. (2009) Best Practice Guidelines For The Prevention And Mitigation Of Conflict Between Humans And Great Apes. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group (PSG.
• Knight J. (2006) Waiting for Wolves in Japan: An Anthropological Study of People-Wildlife Relations. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
• Wang S. (2011) Human Wildlife Conflict Management: Understanding the fundamentals of human wildlife conflicts in human dominated landscapes. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
1. critically engage with theoretical questions and practical challenges posed by human-wildlife conflicts (HWCs) and resource competition.
2. demonstrate familiarity with the multidisciplinary dimensions of human-wildlife conflict issues and their global scope
3. demonstrate an understanding of how to study HWCs, to design conflict mitigation schemes, and to evaluate their effectiveness.
4. demonstrate knowledge of the differing implications and impacts of HWCs across protected and non-protected area landscapes.
5.understand current debates around rewilding and reintroductions and conflict issues
6. demonstrate an ability to comply with academic publishing instructions and organize a conference style oral presentation.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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