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Six themes that reflect current theory and practice in the interface between ecology, conservation and society are explored through structured in-class activities challenging you to consider problems and evidence from different perspectives.
Case studies drawn from different disciplinary perspectives (e.g., anthropology, economics, human geography, philosophy) increase capacity for self-reflection and awareness of ethical and moral issues embedded in problems often framed as ecological.
Four short discussion essays are required; you will get detailed feedback for improving your writing skills.
Weekly student-led discussions allow you to develop your capacity for attentive exchange, informed argument and reasoning, and skills in facilitating discussion.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
|Campus||Old Aberdeen||Sustained Study||No|
The aim of this module is to examine aspects of interface of ecology, conservation and society and to explore aspects of environmental sustainability. In the course we will examine these questions:
1) Given how our world is changing, do we need to change how we do science? ; 2) How does science influence policy? How do we consider the impact of research?; 3) How does the move towards interdisciplinary approaches to complex environmental problems impact the practice of conservation and ecological sciences?; 4) What characterises resilient, flexible and adaptable socio-ecological systems and what are the messages for ecologists, environmental scientists and conservation biologists?; 5) How and why is the public being encouraged to participate in science?; 6) What is good practice in relation to communicating science to the public?.
In the course students will:
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st Attempt: Assessment is based on short discussion essays based on set papers (70%), participation in discussions and tutorials (5%) and performance leading a discussion (25%).
Resit: Resubmission of failed individual elements of continuous assessment
There are no assessments for this course.