|Course code module||MBIO1042|
|Study load (hours)||140|
|Instructor(s)||Ruurd van Diggelen|
|Language of instruction:||English|
|Semester exam information:||exam in the 1st semester|
|Contract restriction information:|
Basic principles of fundamental and applied ecology.
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
You have insight into the different views that exist on Conservation Biology.
You understand the premises upon which these views are based.
You possess skills to handle different opinions in the field of Conservation Biology.
You understand and can apply legal and policy instruments to reach conservation targets.
3. Course content
Main features of the debate on the importance of the concept of sustainability, history of the concept of sustainability, concept of natural capital, ecological resilience, special concepts ("environmental utilization space","ecological footprints"), formation of indicators, case studies, political strategies of sustainability (global, EU, NW Europe)
Create an understanding of the special character of philosophical and ethical forms of reasoning. The focus is on the debate on a potential intrinsic value of natural entities (anthropocentrism-physiocentrism, indigeneous property rights, decision-makers vs. beneficiaries).
Valuation of nature
Economic valuation (direct-use vs. non-direct-use values, value of global ecosystem services), Ecological valuation (ecological footprint, ecosystem health); emission trading, theory of public goods
Concepts of nature (wilderness, arcadian, functional concept), species, ecosystem functions, ecosystem services
Choosing between targets
Reference ecosystems (historical, modern), functional targets, ecosystem services to society targets, who decides at what level
Measuring the degree of success
Overview of important policies (global, EU, NW Europe), international treaties, legal aspects/laws
Student presentations on selected subjects
Writing of essays on selected subjects
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: LecturesExercise sessionsSeminars (possible question and answer sessions)
Personal work: ExercisesAssignments - individual
5. Assessment method
Exam: Written, without oral presentationMultiple choice
Continuous assessment: Exercises
6. Compulsory reading – study material
7. Recommended reading - study material
Selected literature for each lecture
Teachers are available after class for questions and individual counselling.