FNP-11806 Forest, Nature, Society


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Excursion (one day)28
Course coordinator(s)dr. KAJ Arts
Lecturer(s)ir. JN van Laar
dr. KAJ Arts

Language of instruction:



This course offers an introduction to the interrelationships between forest, nature and society. On the one hand, forest and nature have multiple values and functions for society, while on the other hand society obviously has large impacts on forest and nature. Functions include ecosystem services, and societal impacts range from deforestation to nature conservation. The course offers a comprehensive framework to understand these interrelationships, taking several sectors of society (state, market and civil society), different actor groups (policy makers, NGOs, companies, citizens) and various nature values and functions (ecological, social and economic) as a starting point. Topics include: forest history in the Netherlands; international and Dutch forest and nature conservation policies and governance; the forestry sector; public participation; and different approaches in forest and nature management.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain the relationships between disciplines in forest and nature conservation: ecology, management, society;
- assess basic concepts of the interactions between forest, nature and society;
- appraise the relationships between forest, nature and society for different societal sectors (market, civil society, government) and levels (local, regional, national, international);
- assess personally obtained, relevant literature at the intersection of forest, nature and society, and communicate this through discussion and social scientific writing.


- lectures;
- studying literature;
- individual paper;
- excursions;
- working groups.


- Examination (50%);
- individual paper (50%).
The minimum grade for each of the components is 5.5.


Literature will be provided through Brightspace.

Compulsory for: BBNForest and Nature ConservationBSc2AF
Compulsory for: WUPPNBSc Minor Policies, People and Nature Conservation2AF