FNP-24306 Governance for Forest, Nature and Biodiversity

Course

Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Lecture20
Tutorial24
Practical4
Course coordinator(s)dr. JH Behagel
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. BJM Arts
dr. JH Behagel
Examiner(s)dr. JH Behagel
dr. E Turnhout

Language of instruction:

English

Assumed knowledge on:

FNP-11806 Forest, Nature, Society.

Contents:

Governance of forest, nature and biodiversity implies that all actors in society, including government, business, and civil society have a role in conservation. It also implies a changed role of the state and new methods of steering. This course discusses the theory and practice of governance of forest, nature, and biodiversity. Key aspects of governance are discussed, including decentralization, participation, and the use of monitoring and reporting. Theoretical concepts on institutions, actors, and the role of knowledge in governance are illustrated with practical examples from international, European, national, and regional governance of forest, nature, and biodiversity.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the concept of governance and key concepts in governance literature;
- explain practices of forest, nature and biodiversity governance by highlighting their different aspects;
- compare different practices of governance across various scales (international, national, local) and localities;
- debate different approaches to governance in terms of institutions, actors, and the role of knowledge.

Activities:

- participation in individual and group work in the classroom;
- participation in a practical simulation exercise on governance;
- short presentation (in pairs) on an actual topic in the governance of forest, nature and/or biodiversity;
- three short individual assignments on literature.

Examination:

The examination has two elements: a written essay assignment and a written examination. Each counts for 50% of the final grade. Both elements of the examination should be passed with a minimum grade of 5.5 to successfully complete the course.

Literature:

Literature will be made available through MyPortal.

ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Compulsory for: BBNForest and Nature ConservationBScA: Policy and Society5MO
Restricted Optional for: BEBEconomics and GovernanceBSc5MO
MinorPeriod
Compulsory for: WUCSTBSc Minor Conservation Tourism: Policies and Practices5MO