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Environment and Development




Admission requirements

  • Classes of 2013-2016: similarly-tagged 200/300-level courses, or permission from the instructor.

Course description

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.

Learning 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.

Compulsory textbook

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
Email: ploegjvander@fsw.leidenuniv.nl