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Environment and Development




Admission Requirements

Similarly-tagged 200/300-level courses.


The course Environment and Development focuses on the question of how to conserve valuable nature in a rapidly changing world. How do considerations of justice, development, sustainability and resilience influence resource use and conservation? How are natural resources managed and conserved, and who is responsible for nature conservation? The course will look into these questions from a theoretical perspective, as well as from a more practical point of view, exploring interdisciplinary and problem-oriented approaches to biodiversity conservation.

Course Objectives

  • Acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of environment and development;

  • Develop interdisciplinary insights in biodiversity conservation;

  • Improve understanding of contemporary debates on environmental conservation;

  • Practice and evaluate general academic skills.

Mode of Instruction

The course will be taught using a combination of lectures, working groups and excursions. In addition, several guest-lecturers will be invited to give a lecture.


To be confirmed in coruse syllabus:

Exam (40 %)
Project proposal (40 %)
Assignments, participation and excursions (20%)


Borgerhoff Mulder, M. & P. Coppolillo. 2004. Conservation: Linking Ecology, Economics, and Culture. Princeton: Princeton University Press

Contact Information

Dr. J. van der Ploeg
Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (CAOS)
Faculty of Social Sciences (FSW)
Leiden University
Tel: 071-5263669

Weekly Overview

Week 1: Nature and poverty
Week 2: Protected areas
Week 3: Community-based natural resource management
Week 4: Indigenous peoples rights
Week 5: Human-wildlife conflicts
Week 6: Payment for environmental services
Week 7: Project design
Week 8: Reading week

Preparation for first session