Conservation and Community Development - DICE8800

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 7 15 (7.5) Mahesh Poudyal checkmark-circle


The curriculum will aim to give an integrated view of theoretical and practical approaches to conservation and community aspects of rural development. Indicative themes to be covered include:
An introduction to rural development, with a focus on community aspects
How do they see you? Community perspectives on researchers and project workers
Who sets the agenda? Consultation, collaboration and technical support
Community organisation: Institutions, representation and decision-making
Incorporating rights: indigenous peoples and conservation
Building on local knowledge systems: the role of technical expertise
Working with communities: and technical support
Community-based tourism: benefit-sharing and private partnerships
Wider perspectives: project cycles and multi-stakeholder processes
Policy and practice: the relationship between conservation and rural development.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 17.5

Private study hours: 132.5

Total study hours: 150


MSc Conservation and cognate pathways

Method of assessment

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

Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework.

Indicative reading

Mikkelsen B (2005). Methods for development work and research: a new guide for practitioners. 2nd Edition. Sage Publications.

Mulder MB and Coppolillo P (2005). Conservation: linking ecology, economics and culture. Princetown University Press.

Russell D and Harshbarger C (2003). Groundwork for community-based conservation: strategies for social research. Altamira Press.

Singh K (2009). Rural Development: Principles, Policies and Management. 3rd Edition. Sage Publications.

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. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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