Practical Methods in Conservation Social Science - SACO8110

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

Overview

This module will consist of a series of practical sessions that allow postgraduate students to gain hands on experience in the use and application of data collection techniques and analyses commonly used by social and environmental anthropologists, ethnobiologists and conservation biologists in the emerging interdisciplinary fields of conservation social science and ethnobiology. The module complements the theoretical and issue oriented modules required of postgraduate students. Also, achievement of learning outcomes from this module will feed directly into preparation and implementation of dissertation research projects for all MSc and PhD students.

Details

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 24
Private study hours: 126
Total study hours: 150

Availability

MSc, M. Phil, Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, Environmental Anthropology, Ethnobotany, Ethnobiology, Conservation Biology and Biodiversity Management

Method of assessment

Lab report 1 (2000 words) (50%)
Lab report 2 (2000 words) (50%)

Reassessment methods: 100% coursework.

Indicative reading

Reading list (Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually)

Alexiades, M.N. 1996. Selected Guidelines for Ethnobotanical Research: A Field Manual. New York, The New York Botanical Garden.

Bernard, R. (1994), Research Methods in Anthropology.

Borgatti, S. 1992. ANTHROPAC. Analytic Technologies.

IIRR. 1998. Participatory Methods in Indigenous Knowledge. Los Banos, The Philippines: IIRR.

Martin, G. J., 1995. Ethnobotany: A Methods Manual. London: Chapman and Hall.

Newing, H. 2010. Practicing Conservation: Social Science Methods. Routledge.

Pretty, JN, Guijt, I, Thompson, J and Scoones, I (1995), Participatory Learning and Action: A Trainers; Guide. IIED.

Sheil, D., Puri, R. K. et al (2002), Exploring biological diversity, environment and local perspectives in forest landscapes: methods for a multi-purpose landscape assessment. CIFOR.

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1 demonstrate practical experience in the use of social science data collection techniques, qualitative and quantitative, used in the interdisciplinary field of conservation social science, applied environmental anthropology and ethnobiology;

8.2 gain practical experience in the use of social science data analysis techniques, qualitative and quantitative, used in the interdisciplinary field of conservation social science, applied environmental anthropology and ethnobiology;

8.3 gain practical experience in the use of computer software designed to facilitate collection and analysis of anthropological data used in the interdisciplinary field of conservation social science, applied environmental anthropology and ethnobiology.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

9.1 acquire understanding and introductory facility in using various tools and methods within anthropology and the social sciences;

9.2 present ideas systematically and cogently both orally and in writing.

Notes

  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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