OverviewCreative Conservation will engage students with a range of ways of thinking critically about conservation issues and their communication whilst developing their own creative practice and skills portfolio. The approach will seek to take a truly interdisciplinary approach, exploring these issues form a range of disciplinary perspectives and seeking syntheses and new imaginings in addressing them. Topics of focus will be chosen from amongst:
In each case the theoretical, as well as the applied practical aspects of the topic will form a core component of the learning and teaching.
This module appears in:
Lectures and seminars totalling 30 contact hours
This is essentially a wild module, but could usefully contribute to the following programmes:
BSc Anthropology; BA Environmental Studies
BA Liberal Arts; BSc Wildlife Conservation
BSc Human Ecology
Method of assessment
100% coursework. There will be three informal assessments, plus three formal assessments.
Indicative Reading List:
Cameron, J. (1992) The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. Penguin
Denzin, N. (2003) Performance Ethnography: critical pedagogy and the politics of culture. Sage.
Emerling, J. (2012) Photography: history and theory. Routledge.
Kimber, R. and Richardson, J. (1974) Campaigning for the Environment. Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Oaks, R. and Mills, E. (2010) Coppicing and Coppice Crafts: a comprehensive guide. The Crowood Press.
Oldfield, M. and Alcorn, J. (1991) Biodiversity culture, conservation and ecodevelopment. Westview Press.
Video. (2003) Je accuse: the Wildlife documentary. Without Walls
Zipes. J. (1995) Creative Storytelling: building community, changing lives. Routledge.
11.1 Students will develop their creative practice in the context of a deeper understanding of specific conservation issues
11.2 Students will acquire and develop a range of practical skills relating to the module topics and of use to conservation practice
11.3 Students will gain an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings to their creative conservation practice
11.4 Students will develop their capacity to work alone and in teams whilst focussing on different conservation-oriented activities
11.5. Students will develop their capacity to communicate and explain process, nature and outcomes of their creative practice
11.6 Students will engage critically with all aspects of their creative practice across each of the individual topics selected to comprise the curriculum (see below) and will engage with the theoretical background and underpinnings as well as the more practical aspects.