Life Sciences

Conservation Biology II

Module code: C1151
Level 5
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

The module follows logically from the Conservation Biology I module taught in Term 1. It starts with an in-depth consideration of the major threats to world biodiversity that were first introduced in Conservation Biology I. It then considers the national, European and international system of conservation designations and their associated legal framework. After a consideration of how modern molecule genetics can be used to clarify and address various conservation issues, the module finishes with considering how people and wildlife interact, both positively and negatively, and how emergent conflicts can be resolved.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the main threats to habitats around the world and identify the main measures taken to minimise these threats and evaluate their success
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the main international conventions and the legal framework behind effective conservation
  • Assess the different ways in which molecular genetics can be applied to solving conservation problems
  • Evaluate conflicts between conservation objectives and between people and wildlife, and suggest possible mechanisms for resolve such conflicts