Creative Conservation - HECO5320

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2022 to 2023.


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 may include:

* 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

* Campaigning for Conservation

* Conservation and Agriculture

* 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.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 30

Private study hours: 120

Total study hours: 150


BSc Anthropology; BA Environmental Studies; BSc Wildlife Conservation; BSc Human Ecology

Method of assessment

Individual Practical Project (30%)
Individual Group Practical Final Text (4000 words) (40%)
Group Practical Project (30%)

Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework.

Indicative reading

There is no single text book designated for this module, and students will be given references to specific articles/chapters in books etc. as we move through the module. Readings will be given primarily to inform the seminar and practical/workshop discussions (some to help in thinking about the practical aspects and the written assessments). These will be relatively few in number, so students will be expected to have read and digested them thoroughly. A separate list of useful references will be uploaded to Moodle and regularly updated, and students are encouraged to share references with each other. These references should also include websites and other online materials.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1 Demonstrate developed creative practice in the context of a deeper understanding of specific conservation issues.

8.2 Acquire developed range of practical skills relating to the module topics and of use to conservation practice.

8.3 Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings to their creative conservation practice.

8.4 Demonstrate developed capacity to work alone and in teams whilst focussing on different conservation-oriented activities.

8.5 Demonstrate developed capacity to communicate and explain process, nature and outcomes of their creative practice.

8.6 Critically engage with their creative practice across each of the individual topics selected to comprise the curriculum (see below) and engaged with the theoretical background and underpinnings as well as the more practical aspects.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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