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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ANTM105: Humans and Wildlife: Conflict and Conservation

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Aims

The module aims:

  • to enable you to engage in a critical and reflexive manner with a wide range of sociocultural interactions between humans, animals and environments (both natural and built) in the contemporary world;
  • to provide you with the knowledge and understanding to enable you to apply and critically evaluate various theoretical perspectives relating to human-animal-environment relations;
  • to critically evaluate the successes and failures of conservation initiatives, and consider how anthrozoological involvement can help to improve human-wildlife interactions on the ground.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of the manifold ways in which humans think about and interact with animals classified as wildlife;
2. show a sensitive yet critical appreciation of the ethical, social, political and economic implications of a range of initiatives designed to conserve endangered wildlife;
Discipline-Specific Skills3. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of, and ability to critically assess a selection of key theoretical debates from anthropology and cognate disciplines surrounding human interactions with 'wild' animals in both 'natural' and 'built' environments;
4. apply relevant theoretical models in the analysis of 'real world' case studies/data;
5. demonstrate a critical awareness of the value of anthrozoology to the resolution of human-wildlife conflict;
6. establish examples of' 'best practice' and demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate the successes and failures of a range of conservation initiatives;
Personal and Key Skills7. identify a coherent research question and conduct effective independent research to answer that question;
8. effectively communicate complex ideas in a clear, accessible and academic manner;
9. synthesise and analyse material from a full range of sources;
10. present research in accordance with the requirements of a peer-reviewed academic journal.