UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

SOCS5502 Conservation, Development and Sustainability

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit enables students to critically evaluate conservation and development policy at the international and national scale from a range of intellectual standpoints with particular emphasis upon the framework of sustainability. Through a combination of lectures, lectorial discussions, case study analyses and interactive learning sessions, students are exposed to contrasting interpretations and experiences of policies designed to manage, conserve and develop natural resources. These encompass the 'fortress approach' to conservation which favours biodiversity preservation through enforcement, the 'participatory' approach espoused by many practitioners and NGOs which emphasises conservation through sustainable resource usage and the neoliberal approach to conservation which views resource management as an outcome of economic valuation processes. Students are encouraged to critique these approaches using case studies reflecting a variety of political, sociocultural, economic and physical contexts. Through studying the unit, students gain a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of competing conservation discourses and practices and their impacts from the perspectives of different stakeholder groups.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand the range of stakeholders involved in conservation and development policy; (2) appreciate the variety of initiatives designed to achieve conservation and development outcomes at the international and national level; (3) draw upon critical theory to explore and analyse contrasting approaches to conservation and development; and (4) identify, explain and evaluate conservation and/or development policy in a selected case study area.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) participation; and (2) assignments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Julian Clifton (Geography) and Dr Gregory Acciaioli (Anthropology and Sociology)
Contact hours lectures/discussions: 2 hours per week for 10 weeks
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/SOCS5502/SEM-1/2017
Texts

Terborgh, J. Requiem for Nature: Island Press 1999

Articles placed in LMS and optionally available in a unit reader

(These texts are indicative only; by 2017 there may be other texts that are required)


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