Climate Change and Conservation - WCON5010

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Matthew Struebig checkmark-circle


This module will inform students how climate has influenced the diversity of life on Earth, from past to present, and its likely future impacts. We will begin with a summary of the physical science basis of contemporary climate change and the role that anthropogenic factors have played since the commencement of the industrial era. We will then explore the biological and ecological impacts of climate change on individual organisms, populations and communities, with particular emphasis given to understanding how species are responding. The module will then explore how conservation biologists are using particular interventions to ameliorate the most harmful and destabilising effects of climate change. From a more general perspective, the social, economic and political ways in which climate change can be mitigated will be assessed.


Contact hours

Private Study: 128
Contact Hours: 22
Total: 150


Optional to the following courses:
• BSc in Wildlife Conservation
• BSc Human Geography
• BA Environmental Social Science/Environment and Sustainability
• BSc Biology
*Including cognate courses

Prerequisite WCON3111 or equivalent

Also available as an elective module

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Critical Writing Assignment (2500 words) (50%)*
COP briefing assignment (1000 words) (20%)
COP portfolio (30%)*
* This element is pass compulsory and must be passed to achieve the learning outcomes of the module

Reassessment methods:
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Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate a clear understanding of past, present and possible future climates;
2 Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the contribution anthropogenic factors have played in contemporary climate change;
3 Demonstrate an advanced comprehension of how organisms, populations and communities have/will respond to climate change;
4 Demonstrate synthesis of the measures that can be taken to mitigate climate change;
5 Demonstrate critical evaluation of the various conservation actions/interventions that may be needed in a changing climate.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  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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