Unit 1: Foundations
Year 1 | Summer & Fall
After gaining a foundational understanding of treaty rights and responsibilities, students will participate in face-to-face land-based learning and lectures from Indigenous knowledge holders and scholars.
In this course, students examine the different components of knowledge systems, investigate how western knowledge systems have engaged with Indigenous knowledge, and explore conservation models rooted in Indigenous knowledge and governance.
This course will offer an overview of historical, contemporary, and emerging approaches to conservation governance and their consequences. It will focus on the shifting roles of key actors including government, non-governmental organizations, industry, science/academia, and the public.
The rationales for various conservation approaches will be considered, as well as their strengths and weaknesses, and discussions will allow for debate and exploration of contentious ideas and practices. The course will review a range of conceptual and theoretical approaches to conservation, using case studies to illustrate how they relate to specific conservation tools.
This course offers future conservation leaders an overview of conservation biology in the Anthropocene with an emphasis on mining peer-reviewed journals and data sets for increased comprehension of contemporary conservation challenges.
Students gain an appreciation for 'state of knowledge' for key areas of conservation science including migratory species, climate change, managing for resilience and disturbance ecology and explore the implications of uncertainty for conservation decision-making.