|Teaching method||Contact hours|
|Course coordinator(s)||dr. E Turnhout|
|Lecturer(s)||dr. E Turnhout|
|dr. M de Groot|
|prof. dr. BJM Arts|
|Examiner(s)||dr. M de Groot|
|dr. E Turnhout|
|prof. dr. BJM Arts|
Language of instruction:
Assumed knowledge on:
FNP-24306 Governance for Forest and Nature; FNP-23806 People and Forest and Nature Conservation; FNP-32806 Science and Expertise in Nature and Environment. Or other comparable course on the social and policy aspects of forest and nature. In case of doubt, contact the coordinator.
Thesis Forest and Nature Conservation Policy
How can we analyze and understand forest and nature practices? How do ecosystems, places, people, organizations and ideas interact in these practices? As a basis for such analyses, the application of appropriate theories and concepts is crucial. This course introduces several state-of-the-art social science theories and concepts and shows how they are currently applied in forest and nature conservation research. The various theories and concepts are discussed and illustrated using empirical examples from forest and nature conservation practices in both developed and developing countries ranging from the local to the global level. Students are required to write a scientific paper in which they apply a selection of these theories and concepts. To assist students in understanding the various concepts and theories and in writing the paper, the course will pay attention to the following issues: the meaning and use of theory in social science; the selection of theories; the development of a well argued problem statement and related theoretical framework; the application of concepts and theories in a scientific paper. This course provides an excellent preparation for a master thesis not only in forest and nature conservation but also in related social sciences' programs.
On completion of this course the student is expected to be:
- familiar with state-of-the-art social science concepts and theories relevant for the field of forest and nature conservation;
- able to link real live examples with theoretical perspectives;
- able to develop a well argued problem statement;
- able to developed a theoretical framework that is linked to the problem statement;
- able to discuss and critically evaluate scientific articles in (group)discussions;
- able to apply, discuss and critically evaluate social science concepts and theories in a scientific paper;
- able to reflect on the role of a social scientist and the choices and assumptions that lie at the basis of doing social science.
- preparing for lectures by reading scientific articles;
- discussing and preseenting scientific articles during lectures and/or in groups;
- self study using material from Eduweb;
- writing and presenting a scientific paper.
The student's final mark will be based on the results of an individual written paper on a selected topic from the course.
Will be made available through EDUweb.
|Compulsory for:||MFN||Forest and Nature Conservation||MSc||A: Policy and Society||5MO|
|Restricted Optional for:||MFN||Forest and Nature Conservation||MSc||B: Management||5MO|