FNP-23806 People and Forest and Nature Conservation


Studiepunten 6.00

One day excursion8
Individual Paper12
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. BHM Elands
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. BHM Elands
dr. AE Buijs
Examiner(s)dr. ir. BHM Elands
dr. AE Buijs

Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or English

Assumed knowledge on:



Successful forest and nature management can no longer be designed or implemented without taking the relationship with broader society in consideration. Citizens expect to be involved and policies that do not match the views of influential social groups can cause social and legal conflicts. This course explores the theoretical and empirical questions of this interaction of citizens (individual or organized) with their natural environment. Special attention will be given to nature values and images, recreation and carrying capacity, health and well being, public participation and public support, cultural values of biodiversity protection, design and management models. It discusses examples from western and non-western societies.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain the complex interaction between people and nature areas;
- explain social concepts and theories relevant to human-nature interaction;
- interpret the role of social concepts and theories within policy and management of forests nature areas;
- apply social concepts and theories on a current issue in forest and nature management;
- compare the interrelations between different social concepts and theories.


Lectures, literature study, group work, excursion.


Written exam, paper, assignments.


Literature will be made available through EDUweb.

Verplicht voor: BBNForest and Nature ConservationBScA: Policy and Society1AF
Verplicht voor: WUPPNBSc Minor People - Nature Interactions1AF