Human Dimension of Fish and Wildlife Management (15 ECTS)
This course is unique on the European level and focuses on the management of natural resources, especially fish and wildlife resources, from a modern human dimensions perspective.
The course, which is part of the Master's Program "Management of Fish and Wildlife Populations", is relevant for future managers of fish and wildlife, but also of great utility for those who seek a future career in the private sector (e.g. forest companies, environmental consultancy, non-governmental organizations) or in research.
The course consists of lectures, seminars, role plays and an individual project work. In addition to lectures by Göran Ericsson and Camilla Sandström the course will be enriched due to guest lectures by experts coming from a wide array of disciplines and work fields.
After the course, you will be familiar with the multi- and interdisciplinary foundation of human dimensions of natural resources, as well as with current human dimensions issues in fish and wildlife management in different parts of the world.
The course covers the following topics:
January 15- March 20, 2018
For more information on prerequisites and tuition fees please have a look here
Feedback of previous students
“ Before I took the course as part of the Fish and Wildlife Management programme I had worked as a project manager and consultant in the tropics for over ten years. The module on attitudes, behavior and norms has been a real eye-opener. I can recommend the Human Dimensions course without reservation to anyone interested in working with people.”
Student from Germany
“ The course has provided key knowledge of how we humans function, especially in matters of conflicting interests and human behavior. Thinking about it I realize that I practice this knowledge on a daily basis and that it permeates my professional approach to wildlife management.”
Wildlife Consultant at the County Adminitrative Board
“ I really enjoyed and learned from the human dimensions course . It was very interesting to see wildlife from the human's perspective and I believe that gave me a solid background for my future as wildlife manager."
Student from Greece
“ This course put me ahead of competition and made me more attractive on the job market.”
Fisheries Consultant at the County Adminitrative Board
“ Human dimension was the most eye opening course I have ever taken. The course has an interactive nature to it with new, interesting and sometimes unexpected lectures/activities here and there. "
Student from Iran
“ This course was a unique one in my master program. I learned how to look at wildlife management from a different perspective, a very important and interesting course! ”
Student from the Netherlands
“It was the HDoWM course that gave me the important insight that natural resource management is not only about natural resources - it is about people that have stakes in it."
Student from Belgium
Examples of individual project works
During the course all students are supposed to set up and work on an individual project, exploring a human dimensions issue by using an analytical approach. As topic for the project they can choose a human dimensions issue that interests them and for which they might have special expertise/experience, or simply want to learn more about. Here are some examples from previous years:
- Human Dimensions of Community-based Conservation of Endangered Sea Turtles on Shell Beach, Guyana
- Assessment of Current Management Plan of Asiatic Cheetah
- Impacts of Non-timber Forest Products on Poverty in Africa
- Conservation and Tourism. The Caretta caretta case in Crete
- Human Dimensions Report on Wolf Conflicts in Sweden