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Environmental Studies: Conservation of African Wildlife

 

Learn about the South African environmental issues and unique features and the breadth of diversity of the African wildlife

 

Credit value: 6 USA credits / 12 ECTS credits

 

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Eastern Cape Province in South Africa hosts a globally unique concentration of three biodiversity hotspots, a treasure trove of ancient fossils, the oldest anatomically-modern humans and some of the earliest cultural artefacts.

 

Eastern Cape Province in South Africa hosts a globally unique concentration of three biodiversity hotspots, a treasure trove of ancient fossils, the oldest anatomically-modern humans and some of the earliest cultural artefacts. This course will familiarize students with the unique features and the breadth of diversity of the African wildlife and how these species co-exist. Students will develop an understanding of important roles that wildlife plays in the functioning of the ecosystem and explore issues related to conservation and management of African wildlife.

Students will also gain first-hand experience of the environmental issues in South Africa. They will learn about overexploitation of natural resources and local extinctions, followed by conservation success stories and an emerging biodiversity-based economy that is built on ecotourism. This course is an opportunity to gain knowledge in a landscape that is shaped by the ‘big five’ such as elephant and rhino, and where new solutions to old and new problems are being developed.

 

 

Lectures will be facilitated by Nelson Mandela University academics.
The course consists of theoretical and practical aspects that are interactive.


Learning outcomes

  • Basic knowledge of South Africa’s biodiversity hotspots and environmental issues.
  • Familiarity with the unique features and the breadth of diversity of the African wildlife.
  • Understanding of important roles that wildlife plays in the functioning of the ecosystem.

 

Community Service Learning

Learn about environmental and animal welfare issues through volunteering with environmental and animal-rights NGOs and community organisations.

This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn about environmental and animal welfare issues through volunteering with environmental and animal rights NGOs and community organisations (such as African penguin rehabilitation centre). The course is comprised of theoretical and practical components. As part of the community service learning experience, students will be mentored by a social worker and academics who will facilitate the Environmental Studies course.


CSL Learning outcomes

  • Gain an understanding of environmental and animal welfare issues in South Africa through work with local NGOs and community organisations.
  • Have a basic understanding of how environmental and animal rights NGO and community service projects in South Africa operate and what challenges they face.

 

 

Programme Cost US$ 3800 / EUR 3520
 
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