Natural Resources and Development

September 8, 2017 - Categorised in: -

This module broadly address challenges facing the sustainable management of natural resources and development, and more specifically covers the thematic areas of biotechnology, energy, and biodiversity conservation. Furthermore, the module develops students’ skills in the use and critical assessment of theoretical frameworks (such as narrative analysis, rights-based approaches, vulnerability analysis) as tools for understanding environment/development disputes.

Teaching of these topics will integrate social and natural science concepts with an understanding with wider social, economic and policy concerns, and draw extensively from case studies, field trips and seminars. Natural resource systems addressed include forestry, sustainable agriculture, fisheries, wildlife conservation and water management, while analytical concepts include livelihoods analysis, vulnerability, rights-based approaches, global environmental justice, and narrative analysis. Students are given the scope to pursue topics of interest in more depth through coursework.