This course introduces students to the issues of Human Wildlife Conflict both in historical context and present day conservation. We will explore a variety of solutions, including innovative and traditional agricultural practices, wildlife valuation as potential means of off-setting the cost of wildlife damage, and policy development at the local, regional, and national or international levels that aims to remediate this conflict. Ultimately we must aim for prevention of HWC; however, until this goal is achieved, we must implement practical and culturally appropriate solutions.
A portion of this course utilizes virtual exchange with faculty and students at the University of Nairobi to: introduce students to the complex variety of conservation based conflicts that exist globally, a majority of which are based in a cultural context that is different from that of the student’s own culture; and to allow students to participate in techniques for understanding conflicts, communication that goes beyond the surface of conflicts, and resolution of such conflicts in a multicultural setting that emphasizes diversity and multiple perspectives.
SLO 1: Knowledge: exposure to and understanding of diverse perspectives—students will evaluate and apply diverse perspectives to complex subjects within conservation and human wildlife conflict, in the face of multiple and even conflicting positions; and students will acquire foundational knowledge on the essence of community-based conservation and sustainable livelihoods at local and global contexts.
SLO 2: Attitudes: students will ask complex questions about other cultures, viewpoints, experiences, and perspectives, and will seek out and articulate answers to these questions that reflect multiple cultural perspectives; and students will learn to embrace inclusivity, diversity and cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity in the science and practice of community-based conservation and sustainable livelihoods.
SLO 3: Skills: students will develop empathy, cultural knowledge, self-awareness, and cross-cultural communication through the interpretation of intercultural experience from their own perspectives and more than one worldview, and will demonstrate the ability to act in a supportive manner that recognizes the feelings of another cultural group; and students will provide transformational leadership and stewardship in wildlife management & conservation, locally and globally.
Virtual Guest Speaker
Asynchronous activities: 12 hours
Local group activities: 2 hours
Individual work: 4 hours
Padlet or Jamboard
Students held informal interviews with each other and chose from a list of questions related to their cultural background, life experience, interests, career goals, and/or issues related to conservation. Kipeto staff conservationists provided a guest lecture and students prepareed a position paper based on the stakeholder positions (i.e. community members, development/management, and conservationists or the specific endangered species involved) outlining their needs, priorities, and defining their potential areas of conflict, then presented to the class.