Creative Conservation - DI532

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Spring
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5 15 (7.5) DR IG Bride







Creative 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:
  • History of place and the relationship with nature – esp. East Kent and the Blean
  • Photography - and the use of the still image
  • Video - as representation and a research tool
  • Art and Conservation - craftwork, eco-regional design and natural resource utilisation
  • The Wildlife Documentary - a critical deconstruction and analysis
  • Conservation, Religion and Culture
  • Campaigning for Conservation
  • Conservation and Agriculture
  • Literature and Storytelling
  • Conservation and Cuisine - benefit or burden to the conservation mission?
  • Performance Ethnography - a theoretical framework for action research in conservation

  • 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:

    Contact hours

    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.

    Preliminary reading

    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.

    See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

    See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

    Learning outcomes

    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.

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