Is available to students from Master’s programme in geography. The course is available to students from other degree programmes, but the number of students may be limited.
Earlier experience in environmental sciences can be beneficial but not required.
Studying human-nature interactions is crucial for both geography and biodiversity conservation. Conservation is primarily not about biology, but about people and the choices they make when they interact with the environment. In this course, we will focus on theories, issues and solutions that can enhance co-existence between humans and nature. The course will start by providing a background on earth’s biodiversity and ecosystems and the factors that are threatening them. There will then be a focus on the methods that have been developed to address these threats, ranging from creating protected areas to empowering local people in the governance of conservation areas via integrated conservation and development projects. We will also assess why and how socio-economic and political factors need to be considered in broader landscape conservation. A global perspective, as well as case studies from around the world, will be given to bring the subject to life.
The course participants will learn the main concepts related to conservation geography and they will familiarize themselves with the relevant literature. During each lecture, there will be points for discussion. During separate sessions, students will take part in debates where they will have to defend a specific position discussed during classes.
1. or 2. year of M.Sc. Studies or during PhD studies.
teaching: spring, period 4
Preliminary course schedule:
- Lecture I: Biodiversity and ecosystems (2 hours)
- Lecture II: Human nature interactions: threats and opportunities (2 hours)
- Lecture III: Selecting and creating protected areas (2 hours)
- Lecture IV: Protected area management and governance (2 hours)
- Lecture V: Integrated conservation and development (2 hours)
- Lecture VI: Sustainable landscape conservation (2 hours)
- Journal club (10 hours)
- Reading classes (10 hours)
- Debates (4 hours)
The list of recommended literature is provided on the course page.
The course is organized in a lecture + journal club + reading session + debates format over a one month period. During the lectures the students will learn the main concepts related to conservation geography. During the reading sessions the students will familiarize themselves with the state of the art scientific literature related to conservation geography. The students will also debate some key topics in conservation geography with the moderation of a teacher.
The evaluation of students will be based on their performance throughout the course: 1) successful completion of weekly reports on (i) topics covered in the lectures, (ii) literature reviewed, and (iii) debates.
Lectures (12 hours), Journal club (10 hours), Reading classes (10 hours) and Debates (4 hours)