Effective biodiversity conservation relies on a critical understanding of the linkages between the social, economic and ecological systems. In this module you will be introduced to key economic theories and concepts and how they relate to environmental and conservation issues. Using problem-based learning approach, we will explore the economic causes of conservation conflicts and biodiversity loss, and apply a whole systems approach to identify possible solutions. The design of this module along the principles of problem-based active learning means that a high level of student preparation and engagement is expected throughout the course. This module does not require previous training in economics.
Total contact hours: 20
Private study hours: 130
Total study hours: 150
Optional to the following courses:
• MSc Conservation Biology
• MSc Conservation and International Wildlife Trade
• MSc Conservation and Rural Development
• MSc Conservation Project Management
Method of assessment
Main assessment methods:
Written assignment (2000 words) 80%
Class presentation (20%)
Reassessment: 100% coursework
The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages (https://kent.rl.talis.com/index.html).
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
On successfully completing the module you will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic economic concepts as they relate to biodiversity conservation
2. Discuss the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss in relation to economic activity
3. Discuss and critically evaluate economic tools and techniques, and market-based mechanisms applied in biodiversity conservation.
4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of current debates about the economics of environmental and biodiversity conservation issues.
5. Critically evaluate the application of economic principles in contemporary biodiversity conservation policies.
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