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Policy Analysis and Action Plan

Course
2019-2020

Admission requirements

This course is open for all students that are enrolled in the Minor Biodiversity.

Contact information

Coordinator: Prof. dr. Peter Klinkhamer
Email: p.g.l.klinkhamer@biology.leidenuniv.nl

Description

During this course you will utilize the acquired knowledge on biodiversity, it’s origin, importance, threats and what we can do about them from the previous Minor courses, to conduct a Policy Analysis and write a Policy Action report about a biodiversity issue. Additionally, students will create a short influential video report on the same topic. The first week will start with some introductory lectures about how to construct short videos. Subsequently, the students will break down into smaller groups which will focus on a specific biodiversity issue. Each group will have a specially appointed supervisor. The following weeks will be filled with studying literature, having group meetings with the supervisor and interview stakeholders in order to prepare a written and a video report. This course and the minor will be concluded with a video symposium.

Learning goals

At the end of the course students:
1. Are able to apply important biodiversity concepts and tools to solve societal biodiversity issues;
2. Identify relevant stakeholders in relation to these biodiversity issues and their specific interests;
3. Are able to write a problem-oriented report from a policy perspective in which different scenarios and actions are formulated and evaluated to solve a biodiversity issue.

Timetable

From 6 Januari 2020 – 31 January 2020. A detailed schedule will be provided on Blackboard before the start of the course.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, workgroup discussions

Assessment method

The quality of the video presentation will account for 25% and the written report will account for 75% of the final grading. For both the minimum grade is 6.0 before rounding to whole numbers.

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used for communication and exchange of documents

Reading list

None

Registration

Via Usis and via Blackboard.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for information on how to apply.