Conservation and Community Development - DICE8800

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module explores the relationship between conservation and community in the context of rural development. It considers the role conservation agendas play in the development of rural communities and how rural development processes might, in turn, underpin conservation goals.
Principal issues to be covered are as follows:

• The changing status and role of local communities conservation agendas
• The changing idea of 'development' and its implications for community-based conservation
• The linkages between conservation and ideas of poverty alleviation, rural livelihoods, and human wellbeing
• Integrating conservation and development goals into the management of protected areas.

The module places these concerns in a theoretical and applied context and draws examples from a range of geographical and cultural contexts.


Contact hours

Private Study: 132.5
Contact Hours: 17.5
Total: 150.0


Compulsory to the following course:
• MSc Conservation and Rural Development

Optional to the following courses:
• MSc Conservation Biology
• MSc Conservation and International Wildlife Trade
• MSc Conservation Project Management

Method of assessment

Written assignment - 2500 words (80%)
Poster (20%)

Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework.

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Gain knowledge of historical trends in approaches to rural development, and an understanding of current debates on the relationship to community aspects of conservation
2 Gain an awareness of reflexive issues connected to the relationship of the researcher with the study community
3 Gain an understanding of the principle theoretical issues in community conservation and development, including institutional aspects and governance; the relationship between 'scientific' expertise and local knowledge; the significance of human and indigenous rights; and the relationship between policy and practice.
4 Gain an understanding of the development of professional skills such as stakeholder analysis, consultation techniques, and project cycle management


  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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