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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

Week long field course around Scotland to explore and gain first-hand experience of key conservation issues. 

Meet key professionals working on these issues and gain insight into approaches and career options.

Guest lecturers from key figures in Scottish conservation to provide insight into different perspectives. 

Discuss and debate conservation practise to consider alternative arguments and gain debating skills. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 7.5 credits (3.75 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Stephen Redpath
  • Dr Clare Trinder

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Course Description

Course Aims: To introduce 3rd year students to many of the real conservation challenges in Scotland Main Learning Outcomes: By the end of the course, students should: * Gain first-hand experience of the main challenges in Scottish conservation. * Understand current strategies for conservation in Scotland. * Be able to critically evaluate and discuss conservation practice. Content: The course will involve a week travelling around Scotland, being exposed to key, current conservation challenges: (eg renewable energy, re-introductions, predator conservation, land use conflicts), meeting practitioners, policy advisers and debating the issues.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Assessed through assessment of active engagement during fieldtrip (30%) and oral presentation towards end of fieldtrip (70%). Resit: None, must repeat the course.

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment will be provided during discussions and sites; a strong emphasis will be made to provide informal verbal feedback to students during the course.


Students will receive generic feedback as a group following the presentations and individualized written feedback on the presentation and their engagement with the activities.

Course Learning Outcomes


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